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


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


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, January 8, 2016

9201 - 4 special camps, 50 common service centres set up - The Hindu

PUDUCHERRY, December 22, 2015
Updated: December 22, 2015 05:43 IST

Collector D. Manikandan addresses the media in Puducherry on Monday.- Photo: S.S. Kumar

Four special camps in Taluk offices and 50 Common Service Centres have been set up to facilitate proper disbursement of relief amount to ration card holders.

During a press meet held on Monday, Puducherry District Collector D.Manikandan said that the government had announced Rs. 4,000 each for the ration card holders. So far, nearly 92 per cent of relief amount has reached the beneficiaries.

The 20,000 ration card holders who had not given the bank account details have not received the money. The District Collector requested those who do not have bank accounts to immediately open an account in a nearby public sector bank.

Instruction to bank officials
“To facilitate this process, we have instructed bank officials to open special camps in order to help open bank accounts for these ration card holders on priority basis and on the same day. They should not force them to provide more documents,” he said.
The four special camps in the four Taluk offices will work for the next 20 days. “Those with Aadhaar number and bank account details can go to these facilitation centres in the Taluk offices and submit the details. These details will be registered and money would be deposited in their accounts immediately,” he added.
In addition, there will be more than 50 Common Service Centres to link the database of ration card, bank account and Aadhaar numbers. People can also approach the Deputy Collector office and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Office for information. They can visit any of the nearby Common Service Centres for help.
Besides, there were also a few complaints from the people who had already submitted the bank account details that they have not got it. After discussions with the bank officials, it was found that money was not deposited in bank accounts that were dormant and to those people who had submitted account details of their deceased family members. In such cases, they are requested to reactivate the account or open a new one in a nearby public sector bank.
“The beneficiaries who had given us bank account and Aadhaar number, we have already sent them money. In another two to three days, we will reach out to 100 per cent beneficiaries,” he said.
On the other hand, Tahsildars have been directed to collate correct information on the damages to households and provide proper information to public on who the beneficiaries are through their websites.
A test audit will also be conducted through the District Collector Office and a special team has been formed to check any discrepancies. “All the relief money should reach the public in 30 days,” said Mr. Manikandan.
With regard to encroachments of water bodies, public meetings were held to discuss the matter on Monday. The details of these discussions would be sent to the government for action.