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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.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

9104 - Aadhaar registration drive in schools from December - The Hindu

MANGALURU, November 26, 2015

Aadhaar registration drive in schools from December

With nearly one out of every four student in schools not having an Aadhaar number, the district administration is undertaking an intensive drive to enrol them for Aadhaar in the district from December 1.

Centre’s directions
Following directions from the Union government, the Principal Secretary (Primary and Secondary Education) directed all Deputy Directors of Public Instructions on October 28 to submit the status of Aadhaar registration among children, class-wise.
The Centre wants Aadhaar numbers for better child tracking and implementation of student welfare schemes.

Of 3.24 lakh children studying from classes 1 to 10 in Dakshina Kannada, 70,699 students have so far not registered for the 12-digit Aadhaar number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

Of these, 37,186 are from Mangaluru North and South educational blocks. As many as 11,063 students do not have Aadhaar numbers in Sullia, 9,065 in Belthangady, 3,053 in Puttur and 1,432 students in Moodbidri educational blocks.
Deputy Director of Pubic Instruction Walter D’Mello, who is overseeing the Aadhaar registration drive in Dakshina Kannada, said that registrations so far in taluks have been done using six kits provided by the UIDAI.

After taking the Aadhaar numbers of students, the same will be incorporated into the District Information System for Education. They have now sought 12 additional registration kits to carry out registration drive from December 1.

Kits to be given
Mr. D’Mello said these 18 registration kits will be distributed among the six educational blocks of the district.
They have mapped schools where Aadhaar registration has to be carried out. Two kits will be sent to each school by vehicle for carrying out registration process.
Apart from those in schools, these kits will be used for enrolling those studying in pre-university courses. They have chalked out the plan to complete enrolling students for Aadhaar by March, Mr. D’Mello added.

Aadhaar enrolment status of students

Educational blocks
Students in first to 10 stds
Those with Aadhaar numbers
Those who have registered for Aadhar
Those who do not have Aadhaar numbers
Bantwal
60817
45192
6725
8900
Belthangady
41595
30030
2500
9065
Mangaluru North
65486
48702
54
16730
Mangaluru South
68171
46571
1144
20456
Moodbidri
18394
15581
1381
1432
Puttur
49739
36322
10364
3053
Sullia
20629
9566
0
11063
Total
324831
231964
221668
70699


70,699 students have so far not registered for the 12-digit Aadhaar number in DK