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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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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

9272 - Aadhaar, Voter ID to check possible fraud in Right to Education Act - Economic Times

Bharath Joshi, ET Bureau Jan 18, 2016, 11.59AM IST


BENGALURU: State govt limits address proof options as parents fake their addresses to claim seats in the schools they prefer Aadhaar, the unique identification number, and voter identity card will be the only documents the state government will accept to prevent parents from faking addresses while claiming free seats for their children under the Right to Education (RTE) Act this academic year.


Parents can apply for RTE seats only in schools located within their municipal ward (or neighbourhood) in 2016-17. The education department has discovered that, despite the process going online, many parents faked their addresses to claim seats in the schools they preferred.

"Presently, 22 documents are accepted as address proof. That being such a long list, people could find ways to cheat the system. Many par ents misrepresent ed the ward they live in. Close to a lakh applications received last year were bogus," Principal Secretary (Primary and Secondary Education) Ajay Seth told ET."Addresses given in the Aadhaar card or the voter identity card will be accepted and nothing else. This is precisely based on experience."
The move could have a significant impact on RTE admissions in Bengaluru, the city that attracts most number of applications."Rules say that a ward is a neigh bourhood. So we are mapping each locality based on the list of wards under the BBMP ," Seth said.
Last year, officials discovered at least 10,000 RTE applications duplicated: a child looking for a seat through multiple applications. "We found many cases where the father and the mother of a child would apply for a seat separately," said K Ananda, director (primary education).
Shrinking the list of documents for address proof to just the Aadhaar and the voter id card will not affect parents, authorities believe.
According to the Unique Identification Authority of India, 5.31 crore out of 6.46 crore citizens in Karnataka have Aadhaar numbers, covering over 80% of the population. Bengaluru has 76.66 lakh Aadhaar cardholders, about 90% of the city's population as per Census 2011. Similarly, the city has 73.28 lakh voters.
Child rights activist Nagasimha G Rao, who is the convenor of the RTE Task Force, hailed the move. "The neighbourhood criterion is in the interest of children so that their school is ideally within the one-km radius. The government, however, could look at insisting on Aadhaar and EPIC in a phased manner so as to include slum dwellers, many of whom may not have these documents," Rao said.

The list of children admitted under RTE will be made public so that citizens can alert the education department about ineligible beneficiaries, Seth added.