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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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Sunday, November 1, 2015

9011 - 93 p.c. adults voluntarily possess Aadhaar: UIDAI - The Hindu

NEW DELHI, October 30, 2015

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The Hindu - "A democratic government should not undertake a project of the magnitude of Aadhaar from a platform of myths." Here, a woman shows her unique ID card. File photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Friday said 93 per cent of adults in India voluntarily possess Aadhaar number as per a recent finding.

“In a recent update, it is found that 93 per cent of the adult residents in India voluntarily possess Unique Identity — Aadhaar,” UIDAI said in a press statement.

In UIDAI assigned states/UTs, Aadhaar saturation among adult population is 98 per cent while in Registrar General of India assigned states/UTs the adult population covered is 76 per cent.
It further said that to achieve universal Aadhaar coverage, the UIDAI is focusing on Child enrolment now, besides mopping up remaining persons.

UIDAI having issued first Aadhaar number on September 29 2010, has till date generated more than 92.68 crore Aadhaar in just five years time. However, its web portal indicates that it has issued 92.86 crore Aadhaar numbers.

Out of the 24 States/UTs where UIDAI has been mandated to enrol and issue Aadhaar numbers, it is found that 16 states/ UTs have more than 100 per cent adult population saturation with Delhi on the top with 128 per cent followed by Himachal Pradesh (111 per cent), Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (111 per cent) and Punjab (110 per cent).

There are 18 States/UTs in total having more than 100 per cent Aadhaar adult population saturation.

More than 100 per cent Aadhaar can be generated in a State/UT as it is a unique lifelong identity that is available free of cost and any individual irrespective of age and gender and who is a resident in India and satisfies the verification process laid down by the UIDAI, can enroll for Aadhaar on a voluntary basis anywhere in the country.

The numbers include migratory population, which has enrolled in these States/UTs. Also, the population figures are based on the Census of 2011, while Aadhaar are generated to the real population which has increased by 2015, UIDAI said.

Five states/UTs have above 90 per cent adult saturation with Andaman and Nicobar Islands (97 pc), Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh (96 pc each), Uttarakhand (93 pc) and Uttar Pradesh (91 pc); and three states have above 80 pc adult population saturation with Gujarat (89 pc), Daman and Diu (82 pc) and Bihar (80 pc).

In other 12 States/UTs which are being covered by RGI for enrolment has an overall 76 per cent saturation with Lakshadweep (109 pc), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (103 pc), West Bengal (89 pc), Odisha and Tamil Nadu (88 pc each), Manipur (65 pc), Nagaland and Jammu & Kashmir (63 pc each), Arunachal Pradesh (50 pc) and Mizoram (46 pc).


In two of the RGI States namely Assam and Meghalaya, there are some local issues which have resulted in low saturation.