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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

9137 - Aadhaar can spur financial inclusion by enabling low-cost transactions: Jayant Sinha - Live Mint

Aadhaar can spur financial inclusion by enabling low-cost transactions: Jayant Sinha

Junior finance minister says the cost for meeting know-your-customer rules is too high, which can be brought down using Aadhaar

Saurabh Kumar

Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks as minister of state for finance Jayant Sinha looks on during a panel discussion on ‘Transforming India Through Digital Financial Inclusion’ in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: PTI

If India has to achieve financial inclusion, the cost of transactions need to fall—a process in which the Aadhaar unique identity numbers will play a crucial role, junior finance minister Jayant Sinha said on Friday.

Aadhaar can be used to meet know-your-customer (KYC) rules by any financial institution through online biometric authentication, reducing the cost of paperwork.

“We need to get to a price point wherein every stakeholder can participate. Right now, the cost of KYC is too high, which can be brought down using Aadhaar,” Sinha said, while talking about the emerging payments infrastructure of the country, including the payments bank permits issued recently by the Reserve Bank of India, or RBI.

Right now, the barrier to inclusion is cost as most the transactions are of low value and large volume, according to R.S. Sharma, chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).

“Digital transactions need to be cheaper as it will be frugal in nature. If mobile companies can enable Rs.10 top-ups and make them sustainable cost-wise, I am sure that with the help of technology, a Rs.10 banking transaction can also be made sustainable,” he said.

On 19 August, the central bank gave initial approval to 11 companies to set up payment banks, which includes Airtel M Commerce Services Ltd from the stable of Bharti Airtel Ltd which has a customer base of 235.2 million in September, and Vodafone m-pesa Ltd, a part of Vodafone India Ltd which has 188.1 million customers, and the Department of Posts, which has 155,015 post offices across the country, of which 139,144 are in the rural areas.

Sinha and Sharma were speaking at a seminar, Transforming India Through Digital Financial Inclusion, organized by software lobby Nasscom and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a charity, in New Delhi.

Speaking at the event, Bill Gates said that when paperwork is reduced, the cost of providing services and credit goes down dramatically, as is evident in China and the US.
“It is possible in a digital environment,” Gates said.
A constitution bench of the Supreme Court will decide whether the right to privacy is a fundamental right, which relates to the Aadhaar programme.

The bench is yet to be constituted. The apex court had restricted the use of Aadhaar numbers to certain schemes through two orders issued on 11 August and 15 October.
In a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Friday, communication and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Aadhaar is a well-designed and robust data security system is in place. “The architecture of Aadhaar ecosystem has been designed to ensure data security, privacy, non-duplication, data integrity and related aspects. Additionally, security audits are also conducted,” he said.