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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

9112 - ‘ISI agent’ held in Meerut , Pak agency paid his kin Rs 50,000/month: Police - Indian Express



Mohammad Eizaz obtained Aadhaar card from Bareilly, voter ID and other documents from West Bengal

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: November 28, 2015 4:08 am


Mohammand Eizaz alias Mohammad Kalam. Documents recovered from him show that he is a resident of Taramadi Chowk, Irfanabad in Islamabad, Pakistan. (PTI Photo)

THE UTTAR Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) on Friday arrested Pakistani national Mohammad Eizaz alias Mohammad Kalam for allegedly sending vital information about the Indian Army to Pakistani intelligence agency ISI. He was staying in Bareilly district since December, 2014.

Eizaz, a resident of Islamabad in Pakistan, was arrested from Meerut Cantt area while on his way to Delhi. Police claimed to have recovered several documents related to the Indian Army, cellphone, laptop, pen drives, a fake voter identity card from West Bengal, a fake Aadhaar card with a Bareilly address, a photocopy of Nadar Card (Pakistani identity card) and other items from him.

“During interrogation, the accused revealed that in 2012, he had come in contact with the ISI. It trained him to work in India. He had to send information about the Army from western UP and Uttarakhand,” IG (STF) Sujeet Pandey told mediapersons in Lucknow.

The STF had received inputs that a Pakistani had been sent to western UP through Bangladesh to collect information about activities of the Army. “On a tip-off that Eizaz will leave for Delhi from Meerut Cantt station with sensitive and secret information of the Army, the STF team arrested him,” the IG said. His identity was ascertained from the documents recovered from him.

STF officials said that during questioning, Eizaz confessed that he worked for the ISI and that he had sent several vital information about the Indian Army to Pakistan, including movements of troops. Eizaz also said that his family in Pakistan were in the business of photography and videography.

“In India, Eizaz was doing photography and videography to collect information and procured a Aadhaar card from Bareilly with help of a local,” Pandey said, adding that Eizaz had been paid Rs 5.8 lakh till date and his family was paid Rs 50,000 per month in Pakistan.

Eizaz told the police that he came in contact with ISI officials in 2012 after the death of his father, who used to work at the Agricultural Research Center in Islamabad. The ISI officials trained him to work in India, he claimed. In 2013, he was sent to Dhaka on a Pakistani passport with the name of Mohammad Kalam. He claimed that on reaching Dhaka, he met one Probeen, who took all his documents provided by the ISI.

STF officials said Probeen helped Eizaz cross the border and introduced him to Mohammad Irshad — a resident of South-24 Parganas district in West Bengal. There, Irshad prepared fake documents for Eizaz using Kalam’s name with the help of his relative Jahangeer, a resident of Kolkata. The documents prepared there included a voter ID card, a junior high school certificate and ration card.

“While staying in Kolkata, Eizaz came in contact with one Rahees, who introduced him to one Asma — a resident of Arrah district in Bihar. In Kolkata, Eizaz was into photography and videography business with Rahees,” said an official.

He added that in October, 2014, Eizaz married Asma. He stayed with her for two months and later shifted to Bareilly in December, 2014. In Bareilly, Eizaz used to stay as Kalam. He again started again doing photography and videography and through a local, Eizaz arranged a fake Aadhaar card with Kalam’s name and a Bareilly address.

“While staying in Bareilly, Eizaz collected information about the movement of troops stationed in Bareilly and Uttarakhand. He also shot video of emergency landing of Mirage fighter jet of the Air Force on the Agra-Yamuna Expressway,” said an official.
An FIR against Eizaz has been registered at Sadar Bazar police station in Meerut.