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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

9111 - All 50000 retiring babus in 2016 to get dues, pension orders on day of retirement - Economic Times

Aman Sharma, ET Bureau Nov 27, 2015, 08.34AM IST

NEW DELHI: Remember the iconic scene in the Munnabhai sequel of movies where a senior citizen strips in an office to get his pension? Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh did not have to do that but did concede on Thursday that he too had to wait for a year for his pension to start after taking voluntary retirement.

Singh cited his own example, when he quit government service to take the plunge into politics, to stress on the Modi Government's ambitious idea of a computerized pension sanction and payment tracking system named 'Bhavishya' to be extended to all 9000 central government offices in India and push all states to replicate it after the UPA had launched the same on a pilot basis. The Modi government aims that next year, all 50000 central employees retiring in 2016 will get their retirement dues and their Pension Payment Order (PPO) on the very day of their retirement.

"Last year of a retiring employee is spent in preparation of PPO and collecting no-dues certificates as he fears no one will let him in after he retires. The reputation of a retiring government servants becomes such that he is preparing to get his pension on time. This is just not done," Singh said. Secretary of Pensions Department, Devendra Chaudhary said Bhavishya "would remove the fear of retirement and worry of an employee on if he would get his pension on time."

He said government got 40000 grievances regarding delay in pensions this year. "Our experience shows pension payments are considerably delayed. Retirees need a dignified exit from service and can't be expected to run around for their dues or make requests to someone for it," Joint Secretary (Pensions) Vandana Sharma said.

Bhavishya involves preparation of advance list of employees retiring in the next 12 months and sending each such employee a login and password for 'Bhavishya' portal eight months before the date of his retirement on his mobile phone and e-mail ID. The employee fills up his details on the portal and based on that information, pension forms are auto-generated by the software and submitted for processing. The system then sends SMS and e-mail alerts to the employee, his head of department and disbursing officers for every action due and performed. Retirees hence can track the process online as government aims to give them their dues and the PPO on the day they hang their boots.
The Minister said the Centre plans to inspire all states to replicate the system once it is fully implemented by next year in all central government offices. "We have more pensioners in India than serving employees," Singh stressed.

Govt may do away with annual life certificates

MoS PMO Jitendra Singh said the government was thinking about doing away with the need for pensioners to submit annual life certificates to renew their pensions as expecting someone to prove every year that he or she is alive is a ironical proposition. Secretary (Pensions) Devendra Chaudhary said government has to trust its own employees for the purpose. The government last year launched an idea of the life certificates to be submitted digitally by pensioners by linking the process to Aadhaar but it has since got caught up in privacy issues following the Supreme Court ruling that Aadhaar is not mandatory for any government service.