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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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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

9230 - Government getting ready to convince Supreme Court about Aadhar Card - Economic Times

Aman Sharma, ET Bureau Dec 31, 2015, 04.00AM IST


NEW DELHI: The government is getting ready to convince the Supreme Court about Aadhaar card, seeking to preserve its status and putting the seal on a change of heart. Last year, the incoming Modi government hadn't seemed too enthusiastic about the unique identity programme, one of the UPA government's main achievements.

But it's emerged since as the engine driving the good governance agenda. More than 47 crore transactions involving delivery of government services have been carried out using Aadhaar this year.


The rise has been steady through 2015—to 7.9 crore transactions in November from 1.3 crore in January, according to a presentation made to the PMO and seen by ET. Since the inception of Aadhaar authentication services in 2010, more than 110 crore transactions have taken place.

Despite this and the level of enrolment— said to be close to 90% of the adult population— the Supreme Court is concerned that tying benefits to the unique ID may exclude the needy, besides the issue of privacy.

ET has learnt that the cabinet secretary will helm the drafting of a strategy along with senior government secretaries on extending Aadhaar to more government services.

Meanwhile, the government will seek to convince the Supreme Court about Aadhaar's utility. Aadhaar faces challenges on the privacy front with some critics concerned about access to the information of individuals.

In his Mann Ki Baat address recently, Modi said nearly Rs 40,000 crore had been transferred directly to the bank accounts, which was always one of Aadhaar's main aims— accurate targeting and zero leakage of welfare payments. It's been deployed to good effect in the rural jobs programme, another flagship UPA initiative. Out of 9.5 crore MGNREGS active workers, over 53% in 300 districts are now seeded with the ID and 2.84 crore payment transactions so far have been carried out using the Aadhaar payment bridge directly into accounts.

"There were a lot of complaints earlier regarding (rural job programme) payments," Modi said in his Mann Ki Baat on Sunday but these seem to have been resolved. He also said that about 15 crore people were now getting the LPG subsidy in their bank accounts, which the PM said was a world record.

According to information with ET, nearly 5.6 crore such transactions are completed every month using the Aadhaar platform— the rest are through the account-based transfer scheme— with 60% of 16.33 crore beneficiaries under the LPG Pahal scheme now seeded with the ID number.

The highest levels of government have also been informed that 66.3 crore transactions to transfer the LPG subsidy over the Aadhaar platform have been carried out till date. The online authentication platform is now capable of handling 10 crore transactions daily while Aadhaar saturation among the adult population has reached 90%, with the issue of 95 crore IDs.

ET VIEW

Aadhar of all benefits
The government needs to ensure that Aadhaar results in more efficient delivery of benefits to the intended users. If by linking all benefits, the government can demonstrate a perceptible reduction in leakages, corruption in the delivery system by reducing middlemen, and improvements by ensuring better accountability of all government benefits, that should be proof enough for the Supreme Court.