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.

August 24, 2017: The nine-judge Constitution Bench rules that right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty” and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World; indeed it's the only thing that ever has"

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” - Edward Snowden


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


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.

Friday, November 20, 2015

9046 - Aadhaar seeding of all LPG consumers by December 31 - The Hindu

MYSURU, November 9, 2015

Aadhaar seeding of all LPG consumers by December 31

Oil marketing companies have been directed to ensure 100 per cent Aadhaar seeding by the end of the year.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

LPG distributors in the district have been directed to convert Bank Transfer Compliant (BTC) consumers to Aadhaar Transfer Compliant (ATC) before December 31, 2015.

This means all domestic LPG consumers who are availing subsidy without seeding their Aadhaar card details with their consumer numbers and bank accounts, have to furnish Aadhaar details to the bank and the LPG agency within the next two months.

At present, almost 80 per cent to 85 per cent of the domestic LPG consumers in the district get the subsidy amount credited to their banks accounts under the ATC. This means such consumers have submitted their Aadhaar card details and it has been linked with their bank account and LPG consumer number. Such consumers have nothing to worry about.

But there are some consumers who are yet to submit the Aadhaar card number but have linked their bank account with the LPG consumer number and continue to receive the LPG subsidy in their bank accounts. Such consumers will now have to submit the Aadhaar card details, according to Mehul Patel, an LPG distributor in the city.
All LGP distributors have received a communiqué from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas which has also directed the Oil Marketing Companies to furnish the timeline for collection of Aadhaar details from all the bank transfer compliant consumers. The communiqué dated November 2, 2015 has directed the companies to complete Aadhaar seeding for all BTC consumers latest by December 31, 2015. “However, there is no mention of what happens in case the consumers fail to furnish Aadhaar details by the cut-off date,” said Mr. Patel.
Besides, the distributors have been asked to establish an Aadhaar centre on their premises to cater to such consumers who do not have Aadhaar cards. “Distributor agencies will have to establish a counter to facilitate the issuance of Aadhaar and the facility – which will be temporary – will become operational in due course,” he said.
For those not keen on securing the Aadhaar or furnishing the details, there is also the option of giving up their LPG subsidy, he added. There are nearly 5.88 lakh domestic LPG consumers in the district and Mysuru is one of the districts where the pilot scheme on direct benefit transfer for LPG (DBTL) was launched due to nearly 90 per cent coverage of Aadhaar.