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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

9240 - Odd-even scheme fails to hit attendance - Business Standard

Numbers in central government offices higher than last Monday, but less than Friday's
N Sundaresha Subramanian  |  New Delhi 

January 5, 2016 Last Updated at 00:30 IST


Vehicles at ITO chowk during odd-even scheme in New Delhi. Photo: Dalip Kumar

The odd-even scheme, introduced by the Delhi government, did not have any significant impact on the attendance of employees in the hundreds of central government offices in the capital.

According to attendance.gov.in portal that publishes attendance statistics of over 500 offices under various departments and ministries in the capital, about 88,900 employees had marked their presence as of 5 pm. About 3,540 employees had reached office by 8am. The odd-even rule remains in force between 8am and 8pm. The attendance rose to 20,317 by nine before crossing the 80,000-mark around 10.30am. The presence graph showed sharp falls after 5pm dropping below 70,000-mark by 5.30 pm.

The number was slightly higher than attendance numbers reported on previous Monday, when 78,900 employees marked attendance. However, it was less than Friday, when only cars with odd numbered registration plates were allowed on road.

While the attendance number stayed around the 75,000-mark between December 29 and 31, it had shot up to 94,105 on January 1. Business Standard summed up the previous week's data from the line graphs on the portal that gave separate numbers reported through tablet based devices and PC-based devices. For example, on January 1, tablet-based attendance was 77,542 and PC-based attendance was 16,563 adding up to 94,105.

These numbers are based on attendance marked by employees with Aadhaar numbers through the tablet and PC-based biometric devices installed in these government offices. An employee at the portal's office confirmed that these are numbers for central government offices in Delhi and added that historic data beyond what is published on the portal was available, but could not be shared.

The portal reports a higher number of attendances under "department verified" category, which could include employees that did not have Aadhaar and offices that are yet to install biometric systems. On Monday, this number stood at over 110,000.

Based on this department verified numbers, of the 525 offices for which data was reported on Monday as many as 43 offices recorded 100 per cent attendance. Another 242 offices reported attendance of between 90-99.9 per cent.

Office of the commissioner of service tax, which is located in the IP Estate, was among the largest offices with all 519 employees reporting for duty. All 463 employees of Central Government Health Scheme, North Zone, in New Rajinder Nagar, were present on Monday.

Electronic Media Monitoring Centre under the ministry of information broadcasting (261) , Soil and Land Use Survey of India (260), CGHS, headquarters (221) were other large offices with 100 per cent attendance.

Over 100 organisations, which between them employed over 12,500 people, recorded zero attendance. Just one employee among 12,483 registered under Delhi Development Authority was marked present suggesting that the biometric reporting has not fully caught on. The website said it was still in beta version, meaning that it was still in the test mode.

The reporting was even worse delhi.attendance.gov.in, the portal for the state government organisations. Only 506 employees from four offices - the department of health, district magistrate West District, Delhi Urban Shelter Development Board and South Delhi Municipal Corporation - were registered in the portal. Of these, only 130 employees marked their presence on Monday. Historic data was not available for this website. None of the employees registered under DUSDB (271) was marked present on Monday, so was the lone employee registered under the SDMC.