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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, February 2, 2016

9255 - E-filing: Over 50 lakh ITRs e-verified by I-T department - Economic Times

PTI Jan 10, 2016, 11.19AM IST

NEW DELHI: The Income Tax department's ambitious OTP-based ITR filing system for taxpayers has crossed the 50 lakh e-verification mark, while more than 39 lakh Aadhaar numbers have been successfully linked with the PAN database after the scheme was launched over six months back.

The new e-filing system, operationalised last year, allows online verification of a person's Income Tax Returns (ITR) by using either the Aadhaar number, internet banking, ATM or email, thereby ending the practice of sending paper acknowledgment to the Centralised Processing Centre (CPC) of the IT department located in Bengaluru.


"The e-verification of ITRs recently crossed the 50 lakh figure which is a testimony to more and more people and entities opting for electronic filing of their IT returns. While sky is the limit here, getting these numbers just when the new year has begun will enable the government to usher in more and more facilities for e-filing of ITRs in the new financial year begining April 1," a senior official said.
The official, quoting latest data of the week ending today, said a total of 50,10,282 ITRs have been e-verified, while Aadhaar linkages with the Permanent Account Number (PAN) has been achieved in 39,66,149 cases during the same period.
The online ITR filing portal of the department is available at incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.
According to the rules notified in this regard by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in July last year, any taxpayer whose income is Rs 5 lakh or below per annum and has no refund claims can straightaway generate the 'Electronic Verification Code' (EVC) for e-filing and validating their ITR through their registered mobile number and e-mail ID with the department. They get a system generated One-Time Password (OTP) to validate their ITRs.
However, this simplified option will be subject to certain "restrictions" which have been prepared by the taxman based on the concerned taxpayer's "risk criteria and profile" on a case-to-case basis.
These new measures would completely eliminate the need of sending the paper acknowledgment called ITR-V through post to the Bengaluru based CPC.
In other options, those taxpayers who have activated internet banking facility can also do the e-verification.
Once logged in to the banking portal, the taxpayer will be sent EVC on his mobile number provided to the official e-filing portal of the department which they will put in their ITR for final submission.

The Aadhaar database is also being used by the taxman to verify taxpayers' credentials.


The department initiated these new technology-based measures in order to fully automate the e-filing system and also to end taxpayers' grievances with regard to their ITR-V not reaching by post which led to their returns getting rejected.