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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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Thursday, December 3, 2015

9102 - Why the United Kingdom scrapped its UID - Anupam Saraph


Why the United Kingdom scrapped its UID




Anupam Saraph, Future Designer, Thought Leader

Published on Nov 25, 2015

Presentation made in June 2014 to explain David Cameroon's reasons for keeping his election
Published in: Government & Nonprofit
License: CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License


Why the United Kingdom scrapped its UID
1. Why the UK Scrapped its UID

2. UK destroys its Unique ID Program • Section 1(1) of the Identity Documents Act repealed the Identity Cards Act 2006 on 21 January 2011 (making all ID cards invalid) and mandated the destruction of all data on the National Identity Register by 21 February 2011. • The ID register was officially destroyed on Thursday the 10 February 2011 when the final 500 hard drives containing the register were shredded at RDC in Witham, Essex.

3. Increases Identity Theft • Placing trust in a single document may make identity theft easier, since only this document needs to be targeted.

4. Perpetuates Identity Denial • Tampering, forgery possible. • Failure of technology will deny identity.

5. Violates National Security • Extremely high risk of use of identity theft for organised crime and terrorism. • High risk to sleepwalk into a surveillance society and a 1984 dystopia.

6. Erodes Civil Liberty • Instead of the state being the servant to the citizen, it suddenly becomes the master. • Any breakdown in this register will mean that a whole series of services will collapse and your access to those services will collapse. • If it was… compulsory to carry your card everywhere you went – that you had to produce it upon request from a police officer who didn’t have to have any excuse to ask you – it’s a horrible vision -- but one could understand the ID cards having a real potency and a power.

7. Violates Human Rights Violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in particular: • Article 3: Right to life, liberty and security of person, • Article 6: Right to recognition everywhere, • Article 7: Right to equality, • Article 8-11: Right to Justice, • Article 12: Protection from arbitrary interference with privacy, family, home or correspondence, or to attacks upon honour and reputation, • Article 13: Freedom of movement and residence, • Article 15: Right to a nationality, • Article 17: Right to property, • Article 20: No one may be compelled to belong to an association, • Article 21: Right of equal access to public services, • Article 22: Right to social security, economic, social and cultural rights, • Article 26: Right to education, • Article 28: Right to social order in which these rights can be realized.

8. Encourages Feature Creep • Even without new primary legislation, the Identity Cards Act 2006 allowed the potential scope of the scheme to be much greater than that usually publicised by the Government.

9. Builds Discrimination • Nomads, homeless and the poor (such as Gypsies, travellers, asylum-seekers and refugees) risk being criminalized by failing to update their registration each time they move. • Significant concern among ethnic groups over how the Police would use their powers to cause abuse and discrimination.

10. Purposeless and Ineffective • Universal registers of personal information are very rarely effective as solutions to corruption and incompetence of the government.

11. Wastes Public Funds Needlessly • In 2005, an estimate from the Home Office placed the cost of a "standalone" ID card at £30. • In 2009, it was announced that retailers would be collecting fingerprints and photographs, and that they would be able to charge for this, meaning that the total cost for a standalone ID card was expected to be up to £60.

12. Is there a case for other UIDs to not be scrapped?

13. References • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_Cards_ Act_2006#Criticism • http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/ • http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/ election_2010/8678233.stm • http://identityproject.lse.ac.uk/camerontransc ript.htmRecommended