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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

9295 - Modi waves UPA's signature social programmes which he ridiculed in past - Telegraph Calcutta

By: The Telegraph Calcutta | Last Updated: Thursday, 28 January 2016 8:06 AM
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his ministers to publicise in a “big way” the tweaked versions of the UPA’s signature social programmes, MNREGA and Aadhaar, which he ridiculed in the past.

The Centre is to shortly launch a pilot project for making payments under the rural jobs scheme MNREGA to the bank accounts of targeted beneficiaries through Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT). Aadhaar data will be used for the transfer to speed up payments, remove leakages and augment financial inclusion.

Modi said a sum of Rs 335 crore has been allocated to Kerala where the DBT scheme will first be tried out.

During the campaign for the 2014 elections, Modi had described Aadhaar as a “scam”. Last February, he said MNREGA was “proof” of the UPA’s “failings”.

The Prime Minister had called a meeting of his entire council of ministers. The agriculture and agri-related ministries were asked to make presentations on programmes they had to implement based on cabinet decisions, update the council on the status of each programme and give a timeline for their completion, with details of how deadlines would be met.
The cabinet secretary opened the discussions with an overall presentation on the ministries concerned.

“The idea was to familiarise those from the other ministries with the nitty-gritty of the agri-related departments and draw a big picture so that we get talking points to take back to our constituencies,” a minister said.

Modi also asked the ministers to publicise the easy availability of fertilisers and urea. “In the past, the Centre used to be flooded with entreaties from the states complaining of fertiliser shortages. Lathicharges on farmers laying siege on fertiliser godowns used to be frequent. That has stopped,” a minister quoted Modi as saying.

The Prime Minister also asked his colleagues to speak at length on payments made to sugar mills to enable them to clear arrears due to sugarcane cultivators.

Such sector-specific meetings will be held each month. A meeting of the social welfare ministries has been scheduled in February.

Government sources said an objective of the monthly meetings was to give the Prime Minister a chance to assess the performance of each minister and get a sense before shuffling his team.


“If we interact one-on-one with the Prime Minister and discuss our ministry, we have no idea of how our colleagues are performing. Such a large gathering enables us also to make a judgement, compare our performance with our colleagues and look for ways of enhancing it. This sort of meeting kindles competitiveness among us,” a junior minister said.