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When I opposed Aadhaar in 2010 , I was called a BJP stooge. In 2016 I am still opposing Aadhaar for the same reasons and I am told I am a Congress die hard. No one wants to see why I oppose Aadhaar as it is too difficult. Plus Aadhaar is FREE so why not get one ? Ram Krishnaswamy

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -Mahatma Gandhi

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. Mahatma Gandhi

“The invasion of privacy is of no consequence because privacy is not a fundamental right and has no meaning under Article 21. The right to privacy is not a guaranteed under the constitution, because privacy is not a fundamental right.” Article 21 of the Indian constitution refers to the right to life and liberty -Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi

“There is merit in the complaints. You are unwittingly allowing snooping, harassment and commercial exploitation. The information about an individual obtained by the UIDAI while issuing an Aadhaar card shall not be used for any other purpose, save as above, except as may be directed by a court for the purpose of criminal investigation.” -A three judge bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar said in an interim order.

Legal scholar Usha Ramanathan describes UID as an inverse of sunshine laws like the Right to Information. While the RTI makes the state transparent to the citizen, the UID does the inverse: it makes the citizen transparent to the state, she says.

Good idea gone bad
I have written earlier that UID/Aadhaar was a poorly designed, unreliable and expensive solution to the really good idea of providing national identification for over a billion Indians. My petition contends that UID in its current form violates the right to privacy of a citizen, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. This is because sensitive biometric and demographic information of citizens are with enrolment agencies, registrars and sub-registrars who have no legal liability for any misuse of this data. This petition has opened up the larger discussion on privacy rights for Indians. The current Article 21 interpretation by the Supreme Court was done decades ago, before the advent of internet and today’s technology and all the new privacy challenges that have arisen as a consequence.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP Rajya Sabha

“What is Aadhaar? There is enormous confusion. That Aadhaar will identify people who are entitled for subsidy. No. Aadhaar doesn’t determine who is eligible and who isn’t,” Jairam Ramesh

But Aadhaar has been mythologised during the previous government by its creators into some technology super force that will transform governance in a miraculous manner. I even read an article recently that compared Aadhaar to some revolution and quoted a 1930s historian, Will Durant. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP

“I know you will say that it is not mandatory. But, it is compulsorily mandatorily voluntary,” Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Saba April 2017


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Here is what the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, which examined the draft N I A Bill said.

1. There is no feasibility study of the project]

2. The project was approved in haste

3. The system has far-reaching consequences for national security

4. The project is directionless with no clarity of purpose

5. It is built on unreliable and untested technology

6. The exercise becomes futile in case the project does not continue beyond the present number of 200 million enrolments

7. There is lack of coordination and difference of views between various departments and ministries of government on the project

Quotes

What was said before the elections:

NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi

"I don't agree to Nandan Nilekeni and his madcap (UID) scheme which he is trying to promote," Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha, Sept 2012

"All we have to show for the hundreds of thousands of crore spent on Aadhar is a Congress ticket for Nilekani" Yashwant Sinha.(27/02/2014)

TV Mohandas Pai, former chief financial officer and head of human resources, tweeted: "selling his soul for power; made his money in the company wedded to meritocracy." Money Life Article

Nilekani’s reporting structure is unprecedented in history; he reports directly to the Prime Minister, thus bypassing all checks and balances in government - Home Minister Chidambaram

To refer to Aadhaar as an anti corruption tool despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is mystifying. That it is now officially a Rs.50,000 Crores solution searching for an explanation is also without any doubt. -- Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP & Member, Standing Committee on Finance

Finance minister P Chidambaram’s statement, in an exit interview to this newspaper, that Aadhaar needs to be re-thought completely is probably the last nail in its coffin. :-) Financial Express

The Rural Development Ministry headed by Jairam Ramesh created a road Block and refused to make Aadhaar mandatory for making wage payment to people enrolled under the world’s largest social security scheme NRGA unless all residents are covered.


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Friday, October 30, 2015

9007 - National DigiLocker reaches nearly 1M users - Medianama

By Vivek Pai on October 28, 2015


The Government’s National DigiLocker has reached nearly a million users, just a thousand short of the milestone at the time of writing. Overall, the website has stored over 1.069 million documents, indicating that on an average users store less than 2 documents on the platform. The most uploaded document is the Aadhaar card, which is required for signing up on the platform in the first place.

Note that the platform only offers each user dedicated 10 MB of space, which is likely why most people can upload nothing but a high-res scanned copy of their Aadhaar cards. 10 MB per user for a million users equals to about 10 TB in storage, which is slightly less than double the storage space available on my desktop. We really wish the platform provided more space to store other documents as well, buying a few HDDs shouldn’t be this much of a problem for the Government.

On logging in, users can also view issued documents. The platform claims to have issued 4.36 million documents via 2 issuer organizations, the majority of which are income certificates, integrated certificates and residence certificate. Other than this, it also issued caste certificates, one-and-the-same certificate, possession certificate and nativity certificate among others. The two issuing agencies are Mee Seva AP and Kerala eDistrict.

Growth in users peaked in July: Interestingly, the digital locker saw a spurt of growth from May to July, with the number of registered users jumping up from ~200,000 to nearly 900,000. Post this period, and especially in September and October, the registrations have slowed down significantly. Documents uploaded also saw significant growth from May to July, which it continued to witness in the last couple of months, despite the slowdown in number of registrations.

More than 10% of the users came from Maharashtra: State-wise, the highest number of registrations came from Maharashtra with over a 114,000 users, the only state to have over a 100,000 users. Maharashtra is followed by Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Kerala. A few states saw registrations of less than 1000 per state, including Goa, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, while few others didn’t even have 100 users registered on the portal. These include Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Uttaranchal, West Bengal and surprisingly New Delhi.


The DigiLocker was launched by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) in February this year. Every user gets 10 MB of dedicated free personal storage space, which is linked to their Aadhaar details. The URI (Uniform Resource Indicator) for every document is also stored in the e-locker, allowing government agencies to directly access the document from the repository.