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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.

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

Special

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.


Friday, November 20, 2015

9050 - Transfer Money2World at a click - Hindu Businessline

GURUMURTHY K



ICICI’s online facility lets you remit money from any bank in India to any bank abroad

Under the liberalised remittance scheme, all resident Indians are allowed to freely remit up to $250,000 in a financial year (April-March) for any permissible current or capital account transaction. While most banks offer this service to their customers, ICICI Bank has recently launched its online product Money2World, claimed to be India’s first fully online service that enables a resident to transfer money online from any bank in India to any overseas bank.

How does it work?
Using ICICI Bank’s Money2World, you can transfer money in 16 currencies. As the first step, you need to complete the one-time registration by providing your personal details, such as name, address, etc. Besides, you also have to ensure compliance with the Know Your Customer (KYC) norms mandated by the RBI. Finally, you must furnish account details of the beneficiary you intend to transfer the money to. Upon initial registration, it takes about 24 hours for KYC verification after which you can start transferring money.

Once the amount to be transferred is entered, the confirmed currency conversion rate will be displayed.

This rate has a validity period. If you initiate the outward remittance before 3 pm on any given working day, then the conversion rate is valid till 7 pm on the same day. The exchange rate for a transfer initiated after 3 pm is valid till 9:30 am the next day.

What is validity period? The amount you intend to remit should get transferred/debited from your account before this cut-off time of either 7 pm or 9.30 am. If you fail to meet the cut-off time, you have to repeat the process all over again. Once the transfer is done, the beneficiary’s account will get credited within one international working day, if the transfer is initiated before 3 pm.

For transfers initiated after 3 pm, it takes two international working days for the amount to get credited. This excludes the weekend and holidays in both India and the country you intend to transfer the money. A flat charge of ₹750 plus service tax per transaction is collected as fee, immaterial of the quantum you remit.

Money2World, being an online product, enables you to do the transaction from the comfort of your home. It saves a lot of time which you would otherwise have to spend in visiting the bank branch to submit the required documents to make the transfer.

When it scores
Although other banks allow you to remit money using their internet banking facility, the service is available only to account holders. But Money2World allows individuals holding an account with any bank in India to transfer money to any bank abroad.
The other advantage with Money2World is that the service is available round the clock. In contrast, most banks have cut-off time for their outward remittance service. For instance, private banks, such as Axis Bank allow fund transfers only during banking hours — between 10 am and 4 pm.

On the flip side, you need to possess Aadhaar card to complete the KYC process. Those without an Aadhaar card cannot use this product.

The premium charged on the exchange rate seems higher; you may have to shell out more than ₹1 per unit of foreign currency. For instance, on November 3, after the spot market closing, the exchange rate quoted by Money2World was 66.91 a US dollar.
This is higher than the RBI reference rate of 65.45 on the same day. Similarly, for euro the exchange rate quoted by Money2World was 73.85, implying a ₹1.75 premium to the RBI reference rate of 72.1.
Money2World may come in handy in times of emergency, when you want to remit money instantly, say during odd hours.
But if you have enough time to remit the money, doing it directly through your bank may work out cheaper.

(This article was published on November 8, 2015)