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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.


Friday, December 4, 2015

9121 - Now, Aadhaar camps come to school in Karnataka - The Hindu

BENGALURU, December 1, 2015


An Aadhaar enrolment camp under way at a school in Kalaburagi on Monday. —Photo: Special Arrangement

Despite SC verdict not making it mandatory, State holds camps to ensure all students get cards.

Students across the State will no longer have to run here and there to obtain an Aadhaar card as camps are being organised on the premises of schools by the State government.

Over the last two weeks, the Education Department, along with Centre for e-Governance (CEG), launched Aadhaar enrolment drives across the State and plan to enrol 50.8 lakh children in government, aided, and private schools for those between the age of five and 18. This, despite the Supreme Court verdict that Aadhaar card should not be made mandatory to get government subsidies, the Ministry of Human Resource Development is pushing State governments to ensure that all students apply for Aadhaar. Currently, the drives have begun in most parts of the State, except Bengaluru.

While the kits are being mobilised from the e-governance and Nada Kacheri offices, the Education Department officers at the district level are compiling a school-wise list. The department is planning to hold a camp in every school. But in schools with few students, it will hold a camp for two or more schools in the neighbourhood.

Lokeshwara S.M., an employee at Hassan Public School where a camp was held last week, said that it was organised to ensure that 130 out of the total 748 children enrolled for Aadhaar. “It is a major relief for parents and teachers as they do not have to go elsewhere to get the cards done. All 130 students were registered and given acknowledgements. We have been told that they will get their Aadhaar cards in two weeks,” he said.
Despite the department conducting camps, many middlemen are trying to “capitalise” on the situation and are asking parents to pay to register for Aadhaar.

Yashodamma (name changed), who works as a domestic worker in Kempapura, Hebbal, said that her son’s private school was “pressurising” her to ensure that her 5-year-old gets an Aadhaar card. “The school authorities have said that I have to get it done at the earliest. So I paid Rs. 50 and an agent, who took us to a centre where they clicked my son’s photo, said he would get it done as quickly as possible,” she said.


Despite clarifying in the High Court that Aadhaar for schoolchildren was optional, many schools had warned students that they would not be able to sit for the exams or submit their assignments if they failed to submit Aadhaar card number. P.C. Jaffer, State Project Director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, said there was no need for parents to go anywhere for their wards’ Aadhaar card and that school managements should not pressurise them to do so.