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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.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

9187 - Government rolls back order on physical registration of leave and licence agreements -dna


Date published: Friday, 18 December 2015 - 7:40am IST | Agency: dna

Senior officials said from Tuesday onwards, they had decided to withdraw the decision in three of the four offices, namely at Kurla, Andheri and Borivli, where manual registration will take place again.

Over two months after it decided to stop physical registration of leave and licence agreements in some sub-registrar offices in Mumbai, the state has decided to roll back the order.

On October 7, the department of registration and stamps had decided that four sub-registrar offices — one each in the island city, Andheri, Borivli and Kurla — would be off limits for leave and licence registration. This was meant to reduce footfalls in these offices as these agreements form a bulk of the registration burden and give a boost to e-registration at empanelled service providers.

Senior officials said from Tuesday onwards, they had decided to withdraw the decision in three of the four offices, namely at Kurla, Andheri and Borivli, where manual registration will take place again.

"This is being done in view of the high registrations which happen in December. We had decided to stop physical registration of leave and licence documents at the Andheri-I, Kurla-I, Borivli-I and Mumbai city-I offices, but are withdrawing it for the time being in view of public convenience," an official said.

Mumbai has 25 registration offices including five in the city, six at Andheri, five at Kurla and nine at Borivli. Of these, leave and licence registrations have been stopped at one office in each location. This was a precursor to gradually ensure that all leave and licence documents were e-registered.
However, this was not being done "openly" due to the Supreme Court's judgment which said that the Aadhaar card will not be mandatory but can be used optionally to avail various welfare schemes.
Officials say that this Aadhaar-based e-registration, which will serve as an alternative to the cumbersome and time-consuming physical registration process, will help people file documents at their convenience, do away with the necessity of coming to government offices and being fleeced by agents and lawyers charging hefty fees. However, this may inconvenience people who do not hold Aadhaar cards or are unaware about the facility.
This reduction in footfalls would also enable the department to undertake back-end work on recovering stamp duty on around 50,000 documents in Mumbai (of a total 1.25 lakh in Maharashtra) pending for registration.
This e-registration will take place through authorised service providers (ASPs) — Mumbai has 71 now with plans to scale it up gradually to 200 by March — and also through the state government's MahaOnline portal. These service providers will charge Rs700 for these services (of which Rs150 will be paid to the department) and an extra Rs300 for home visits.
For e-registration, the parties to the document and their identifiers need to be Aadhaar card holders.
Officials say this will also prevent agents and lawyers from charging hefty amounts to people for drafting these agreements. The department had uploaded a draft document which would do away with such intermediaries.
"We have set ourselves a target to ensure that at least 50% of leave and licence documents are registered through the e-registration route by March. So, people who come to our offices for registering other documents will get good service while those registering leave and licence documents will be able to do so at their convenience," the official said.
Of the around 3 lakh leave and licence documents registered across Maharashtra, around 2.5 lakh are in Mumbai.
The department is also looking at allowing a non-Aadhar linked
e-KYC based authentication system to push e-registration of documents. This system, which will cover people who have registered their biometrics for various transactions at the sub-registrar offices since 2012, will ensure that more citizens can register their documents electronically.
Today, e-registration accounts for just around 10.09% of leave and licence documents registered. Apart from leave and licence documents, people can also register first sale of flats by developers and Mhada allotment letters from the Konkan Board using the facility. People with the necessary software and hardware can do so from the comfort of their home.