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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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Sunday, December 6, 2015

9133 - Deletion of names from voters’ list turns intriguing - The Hindu

HYDERABAD, December 4, 2015


The Hindu - Former Minister M. Sashidhar Reddy. 
- File Photo: V. Raju

After the transfer of Hyderabad District Election Officer Somesh Kumar and causing anxious moments to the Chief Election Officer Bhanwar Lal, the issue of large-scale deletion of voters in the city is likely to embarrass the Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

Former Minister M. Sashidhar Reddy, who took up the issue effectively with the Election Commission (EC) that led to an inquiry team being rushed to Hyderabad told The Hindu that he is determined to take it to the logical end. He said: “It was the Chief Minister who summoned the CEO to an official meeting at his camp office on July 21, where he fixed the target of deleting 15 lakh voters in the name of Aadhaar seeding or describing them bogus. I am going to pursue with the Election Commission to take action against him as he has violated rules that insulated officials deputed for election duties”.

Impact on politics

Mr. Reddy, also former vice-chairperson of National Disaster Management Authority, quoted Section 13CC of the Representation of People’s Act that specifies that “the Chief Electoral Officers and District Election Officers…. are deemed to be on deputation to the Election Commission for the period during which they are so employed and such officers and staff shall, during that period, be subject to the control, superintendence and discipline of the Election Commission”. 

This being the case he wondered how Mr. Rao could summon and give directions to the CEO.

In his latest representation to the EC backed with documents and media reports including CDs, Mr. Reddy says Mr. Rao had insisted (at the meeting) on deletion of bogus voters en masse from electoral rolls as their continuance would impact State politics altogether. Twenty-four of the 119 Assembly constituencies were in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits and all these bogus voters were here. If Aadhaar seeding with Electors Photo Identity Cards was done properly, these voters could be removed from the list, Mr. Rao had emphasised.
Mr. Rao went on to remind the officials that voters should be 66 per cent of the overall population as per EC norms but in the case of 24 Assembly constituencies in GHMC area this percentage was more indicating presence of bogus votes. All this showed that the Chief Minister has transcended his powers and strayed into those of the EC, Mr. Reddy contends. Is he the official of the EC to review the progress of the seeding and the revision of electoral rolls?, he asked. The deletion of voters on such a massive scale was unprecedented and was done selectively with an intention to boost the prospects of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti in the coming GHMC elections, he alleged. Mr. Reddy said the meeting and what the Chief Minister said there was unwittingly confirmed by Mr. Bhanwar Lal in his interviews with TV channels. “The Chief Minister personally called me at exactly 2.22 p.m. on that day (July 21) saying Chief Secretary and GHMC commissioner are with him to discuss Aadhaar seeding with EPIC and that he wanted to know why the seeding was poor in Hyderabad while it was cent percent in Nizamabad and 80 to 90 per cent in other districts,” he told the interviewer.
Mr. Bhanwar Lal who did not respond to repeated calls from The Hindu, in his interviews to TV channels found nothing wrong in meeting the Chief Minister as it was during non-election time. He admits that after the Chief Minister’s instructions, Aadhaar linking was launched and continued till the Supreme Court stopped it.

“By the time SC judgment came nine lakh duplicate voters were identified when only 45 per cent of EPIC-Aadhaar seeding was complete. If the seeding was 100 percent it would have been possible to delete all duplicate voters,” the CEO said. It was a clear indication that the CEO would have reached the target of 15 lakhs given by the Chief Minister, Mr. Reddy argues. And since the Aadhaar seeding had to be stopped voters were deleted on a large scale, he claims. Citing precedents where action was initiated, Mr. Reddy said the EC directed the UP State government to suspend senior officers including the District Election Officer of Moradabad and others in the case of illegal deletion of 15,800 names of voters in Thakurdwara assembly constituency, a segment of Rampur LS constituency.