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.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

9081 - UT administration to link land records with Aadhaar - Hindustan Times

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, ChandigarhUpdated: Nov 19, 2015 12:26 IST

The UT administration has decided to get satellite imagery of all properties falling under its jurisdiction and link all urban and rural land records with Aadhaar cards in six months.

UT deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi, while addressing the media at DC office, Sector 17, on Wednesday, stated that Chandigarh would be the first state where the urban land records would be linked to the Aadhaar card.

He also highlighted that the satellite imagery of all commercial, residential and institution properties would begin in the city in six months after the process of linking the land records to Aadhaar cards. The property registration in Chandigarh would be linked to Aadhaar cards.

Giving details about the process of satellite imagery, Joshi said through satellite everything would be mapped; ownership data would be linked. The entire record of the properties such as property transaction, building plans, violations would be recorded and any kind of changes in the property would be updated.

The work in this direction would start in two and a half months and by the end of the next year, the entire city would be mapped through satellite imagery.

With the property being linked with satellite data, the property owner, even while sitting abroad, would be able to see his or her property and would be able to track even the changes or any kind of encroachment at the property.

He said the digitisation of 100% urban and rural land record would be undertaken. The administration will also conduct a couple of sale deeds online. Every property file will have a satellite imagery of the property attached to it.

Once the files get digitised, the residents will be able to see where the file is stuck up and the administration officials will also be able to track pending files and branch-wise complaints.

UT estate office to get CCTV cameras
In an effort to check the nexus of touts and to bring transparency, the DC has recommended the installation of CCTV cameras. Only the concerned allottees, beneficiaries or applicants whose files are being dealt with by the estate office should be entering the estate office. The trespassers coming without any work will face action. The CCTV cameras will be installed in the next two months. The DC also intends to come up with a concept of introducing ‘concluding title’ for properties in next six months.

Issues ailing estate office

The building plans of the city residents have been found lying pending for years. Ajit Balaji Joshi said, “I have received several complaints where residents stated that they had to come several times for getting the building plans sanctioned. The delays in transfer of properties and providing flats to the underprivileged are two other issues which the DC plans to improve upon.