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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 22, 2015

9079 - FreeCharge targets 35 million digital wallet users by March - Hindu Businessline


SANGEETHA CHENGAPPA

Govind Rajan, COO, FreeCharge

BENGALURU, NOVEMBER 17:  

Seven weeks after the launch of its digital wallet, FreeCharge — the online recharge platform that was acquired for $400 million by Snapdeal this April — says it has already garnered 8 million active wallet users and is on track to hit 35 million by March 2016.

The wallet is a combined account between Snapdeal and FreeCharge which all users on both can access by logging into either their FreeCharge or Snapdeal accounts.

“FreeCharge and Snapdeal have a combined user base of 93 million, of which 8 million are active wallet users, including existing and new users. We are adding one million wallet users every six days and are on track to have 35 million wallet users by March 2016” Govind Rajan, COO, FreeCharge, told Business Line.
In line with its vision to become the digital payment O/S of the country, FreeCharge is preparing to launch a suite of merchant products early next month for offline as well as online merchants. It will thereafter launch two new merchant solutions every two months.

Biggest challenge
Stating that the company’s biggest challenge is to create a better, quicker, safer form of currency than cash, Rajan said: “Today cash is our biggest enemy as the prevalence of cash in India is four times as much as its prevalence in similarly developed economies. We are working with merchant partners to get them to accept digital payments instead of cash from their customers and are collaborating with a few in the groceries and QSR space to design and close the products by the month end.” The company has come up with a digital payment solution where offline merchants can accept digital payments from their customers in 5-6 seconds, with existing infrastructure. “Our challenge was to enable digital payments faster than a credit card payment without merchants having to invest in extra infrastructure and also create a user authentication PIN which is instantly generated on the FreeCharge wallet app itself, saving users a lot of time” said Rajan.
The company will initiate a pilot in Delhi in December to enable Aadhaar card holders via biometric authentication to become FreeCharge registered wallet users.
“We will have access to a pool of 930 million Aadhaar card holders who we will help onboard to our digital wallet.”
The company will spend ₹100 crore in a 360 degree marketing campaign showcasing digital payments across every facet during the Indian Premier League 2016.
“We have bought the on-ground rights to the IPL where our target audience of young smartphone users will experience how digital payments work from booking a cab to the venue, buying IPL tickets, food & beverages in the stadium, to buying IPL merchandise and paying to be a part of the post-match celebrations through our wallet” said Rajan.
(This article was published on November 17, 2015)