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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, January 8, 2016

9216 - UIDAI plans to formalize child enrolments for Aadhaar - Live Mint

UIDAI plans to formalize child enrolments for Aadhaar

Once the entire population is covered, it will be the newborns who will get added and allocated Aadhaar numbers—a continuous process


The Unique Identification Authority of India plans to identify clusters of five to seven schools or anganwadis (day-care centres) and set up permanent Aadhaar enrolment centres. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

New Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) plans to formalize the enrolment process of children under the Aadhaar programme.

“We plan to identify clusters of 5-7 schools or anganwadis (day care centres) and set up permanent Aadhaar enrolment centres,” an UIDAI official said, requesting anonymity.

With enrolment of adults almost complete, it is children below the age of 18 who are yet to be covered. “Child enrolment is an ongoing and never-ending process and so we need a permanent solution for children and new enrolments,” he said.

On 30 September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called a meeting of state secretaries as well as other stakeholders in the Aadhaar programme and asked them to push ahead with their enrolment initiative, as reported by Mint (http://mintne.ws/1jzjnOz). States were directed to set up camps in schools and anganwadis, especially in rural areas, to enrol children in the Aadhaar programme.

According to the UIDAI official, of the 350 million or so people who do not yet have Aadhaar numbers, around 250 million are below the age of 18.

“We have had meetings at various levels and we will soon come out with a plan for such enrolment centres,” he added.
Once the entire adult population is covered under the programme, it will be the newborns who will get added to the population and will need to be allocated an Aadhaar number. “So, this enrolment system is going to be permanent,” the official said.

Currently, a person who wants to enrol for Aadhaar needs to visit an organization such as a bank authorized by UIDAI or special camps held by such an organization. For child enrolment in villages, the authority periodically sends officials to schools.
The current arrangement of occasional visits to schools has not been effective. As per UIDAI data, as on 30 September, when states were asked to push for child enrolment, the percentage of children enrolled was 59.9% in states and Union territories where UIDAI undertakes enrolments, and 57.1% in states and Union territories managed by the Registrar General of India.
The figure has improved marginally to 61.3% and 58.6%, respectively, two months on. At the 30 September meeting, Modi asked for the enrolments to be completed by end-2015 and said he would oversee the process.
The official cited above said child enrolment is not easy owing to a number of reasons.
“When an official goes to a particular school or anganwadi, many children are not present and they get missed out,” he said.
Also, in the 0-5 years category, many children, especially in rural areas, are not given a proper name and so parents are reluctant to enrol them under names that could change.
Another reason for the low enrolment of children is because, unlike adults, there are no immediate benefits that an enrolled child stands to get.
The Supreme Court, which is hearing a case against Aadhaar on grounds of violation of privacy, has allowed the use of the Aadhaar number for the rural job guarantee scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, pensions given by the central and state governments and the Employees’ Provident Fund scheme, the public distribution system and the distribution of cooking gas and kerosene.
The case has been referred to a constitution bench which is yet to be constituted. However, the apex court has allowed fresh enrolments under the project.