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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 11, 2015

9151 - Over 79,000 new SMEs register with Centre - The Hindu

NEW DELHI, December 9, 2015

Over 79,000 new SMEs register with Centre

Over 79,000 new small and medium enterprises have been registered in the country in the past two-and-a-half months, since the government started a new online facility for entrepreneurs to file their applications to set up a business.
The top three States in terms of new firms registered since September 18, when the online registration facility was introduced by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, are: Maharashtra (19,000), Rajasthan (12,000) and Gujarat (nearly 10,000).

But the numbers are alarmingly low or even zero from some States, including some where Aadhaar enrolments haven’t begun on a large scale such as Assam where just half a dozen new firms have been registered. Tamil Nadu has seen just 172 new enterprises being registered, compared to nearly 2,100 in Bihar.

Though the government has simplified the registration requirements so that a new business needs to fill just a single page form and submit it online, it mandates entrepreneurs to validate their Aadhaar or Unique Identity (UID) numbers issued by the UIDAI. In fact, the Aadhaar number verification is the first field in the form and users cannot fill the rest of the form unless their UID is validated.

In early 2015, the Supreme Court had asked the government to modify all its forms in order to be compliant with its orders that the Aadhaar can only be used voluntarily and not mandated. In October, the court had added that the government may allow voluntary use of Aadhaar for beneficiaries of the public distribution system, NREGA, the national social assistance programme and employees’ provident fund.

Assam, where UID enrolments have only begun in a handful of districts, had advised the Centre to consider allowing PAN cards and other identity documents till the biometric records of its state citizens aren’t fully captured in the Aadhaar database. “In certain States, the number of registrations is zero or less than ten. It could be because of limited internet access, though we do allow people to submit forms offline as well,” said a senior government official. These include Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Mizoram where no new enterprise has been registered, Lakshadweep and Nagaland (one each) and Sikkim, where four firms have registered.

Expressing surprise at the low registration of firms in Tamil Nadu, one of the States with high industrial output, the official said, “It may be that some States are taking time to migrate to the new system as they have already set up online systems for filing entrepreneurial memorandum. This could also be why Andhra Pradesh (3,234) is seeing lower registrations in the Udyog Aadhaar platform than Telangana where nearly 8,000 firms have registered since September.”

Overall, more than 38.5 lakh micro, small and medium enterprises are registered, but a substantial part of economic activity takes place in the informal sector.