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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, February 2, 2016

9246 - Plan for universal coverage of Aadhaar hits speed-breaker in Nov, Dec - DNA


 DHAVAL KULKARNI | Fri, 8 Jan 2016-07:35am , dna

A universal roll-out of the unique identity cards will help the Centre's plans to push for the trinity of Jan Dhan-Aadhaar and mobile (JAM), to enable social security, delivery of welfare schemes and financial inclusion.

The ambitious plan for universal coverage of Aadhaar may have hit a slight speed-breaker, with the enrollment drive failing to meet targets for two consecutive months. The Maharashtra government, however, is now sharpening its strategy by going in for closer monitoring and optimum utilisation of kits to expedite registration.
A universal roll-out of the unique identity cards will help the Centre's plans to push for the trinity of Jan Dhan-Aadhaar and mobile (JAM), to enable social security, delivery of welfare schemes and financial inclusion.

In November last year, the enrollment stood at just 7.39 lakh or 20.92 per cent of the target number of 36 lakh. In December, the figures were about 22.85 per cent of the expected 49 lakh, or 10.51 lakh. These projections are based on the number of kits deployed.

Till December 28, around 10.21 crore Aadhaar numbers were generated, which is 85.91 per cent of the state's population of 11.89 crore. o: This means around 1.68 crore people are yet to be covered, most of whom, are from the zero to five age cohort, leading to intervention strategies being formulated to register children in schools and anganwadis, especially those where the enrollment was low.

"We are going in for closer monitoring and community participation," said M Sankaranarayanan, director (IT), adding that some practical problems included anganwadis operating between 10 am and 2 pm, leading to a lower enrollment of children. Hence, anganwadis have been asked to operate full-time and co-ordination between departments was being streamlined.

"We started focussing on this issue only in October. Even by then, the focus was only on deploying machines. Later we realised that there was no optimum utilisation, which was started from November onwards," he said, adding that this optimum deployment and proper utilisation would serve the purpose.

"The enrollment rate in December increased, as compared to November," Sankaranarayanan pointed out, explaining that the number of holidays in November also affected the figures.
While those in the 18 years and above age cohort have an almost universal coverage of 95.81 per cent, the coverage is at 77.89 per cent for those in the five years to 18 year age group.
Most of the uncovered population is in the zero to five years age bracket, which has led the government to focus its efforts on this section and intervention strategies were being formulated to register children in schools and anganwadis, especially those where the enrollment was low.

The state has 2,000 registration kits with an additional 1,929 reaching districts. It has also decided to deploy 1,397 non-state registrars (NSR) kits, which were earlier with agencies such as banks, to increase enrollment.

Officials admitted that the actual use of these kits is lower than the 40 enrollments per day per machine target.
Enrollments are expected to rise as all kits are deployed. Though tablets were to be deployed for children below the age of five, they have not been effectively utilised due to issues in the Android-based software. The issue was raised to the UIDAI, which is working on it.

"Once new machines are deployed, the rate of enrollment will double to 20 lakh per month, from around 10 lakh now. This will enable us to enroll 60 lakh by March," said Sankaranarayanan.
Aadhaar can be used for authentication, eKYC, seeding with other databases, elimination of ghost beneficiaries and de-duplication. It will also help stop pilferage and ensure targeted delivery of pensions and social security transfers. The Supreme Court has extended the voluntary use of the Aadhaar card to the MGNREGA, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, pension and provident fund schemes apart from the public distribution system and LPG subsidy.