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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 9, 2016

9318 - Ensure all citizens get Aadhaar: CS directs DCs-Greater Kashmir

68 lakh cards handed over so far

GKNN 
Jammu, Publish Date: Feb 4 2016 10:51PM | Updated Date: Feb 4 2016 10:51PM

Chief Secretary B R Sharma Thursday asked Deputy Commissioners to ensure that all 1.25 crore citizens of the state receive their Aadhaar cards at the earliest.
Chairing the 2nd meeting of the Unique Identification Implementation Committee (UIDIC) here, Chief Secretary emphasised on addressing gaps between Aadhaar enrollment and Aadhaar cards delivered to the citizens.

To facilitate the process further, Chief Secretary instructed DCs to ensure delivery of Aadhaar cards through postal services and also intimation via sms to the registered mobile numbers of the enrolled citizens so that they can also download their Aadhaar card from UIDAI Web Portal in case not received through post.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary asked all departments to carry out Aadhaar seeding for various schemes including PDS, MGNREGA, NSAP, PMJDY, DBTL and EPFO to bring in transparency, better service delivery to citizens and removal of bogus beneficiaries. 
Chief Secretary also instructed all departments to use Aadhaar based Bio Attendance System for better attendance monitoring in offices. He said every HoD should ensure that all employees complete Aadhaar enrolment and no employee is left out.
During the meeting, Chief Secretary also reviewed NPR updation status with direction to all DCs to complete the NPR updation on the NPR Portal.


Earlier, Secretary IT briefed the Chief Secretary about the status of Aadhaar penetration in Jammu and Kashmir. He said the total Aadhaar penetration as on 2nd February 2016 stood at 55% of the total population of the State, as per the Census 2011. He said till date 88% citizens of the state have been digitized by the census department besides out of the total Aadhaar enrolment of 85 lakh citizens, over 68 lakh citizens have been provided Aadhaar cards by 2nd February and the process of covering the remaining has been expedited.