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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 10, 2016

9331 - Bihar farmers in state paddy scam - TNN


M F AHMED | TNN | Feb 8, 2016, 11.27 AM IST

Daltonganj: The paddy that is supposed to be sold by Jharkhand farmers to Food Corporation of India (FCI) at the state's paddy procurement centres in Palamu, is being sold by Bihar farmers. Farmers from Bihar are using the identity cards of their Jharkhand counterparts to sell their own paddy at a higher price since the price of paddy per quintal in Bihar is Rs700 to 800 whereas in Jharkhand it is bought at Rs 1,410 per quintal.

Sources said Bihar's paddy traders are earning a profit of Rs 600 to 700 per quintal. A visit to one paddy procurement centre in Palamu's Chainpur block on Sunday revealed that in a drought-hit state, huge number of paddy bags are waiting to be purchased by the FCI.

Palamu has always been one of the driest areas of the state and this year there has been very less amount of paddy production. And yet, one can see large bags of paddy being brought to the four procurement centres of Chiyanki, Chhaterpur, Harihurganj and Chainpur.

A farmer, Bhola Nath Yadav of Khurra, at Chainpur paddy procurement centre said, "Bihar's paddy traders are usurping our right to sell paddy. I am here since Friday. My 123 bags of paddy are yet to be procured and the payment formalities have not yet been done."

Sources said the Bihar paddy traders are using the Aadhaar card, Lagaan receipt and bank account details of the Palamu farmers on commission basis. By rule, no paddy trader with Bihar based Aadhaar card number, Lagaan receipt and Bihar based account details can sell his paddy at the procurement centre in Jharkhand.

Bihar's traders have chosen those farmers whose paddy was destroyed in this drought, said sources. Deputy Commissioner of Palamu K Srinivasan confirmed that he has heard about the racket and the divisional manager of FCI Muthuraman will arrive in Daltonganj very soon to look into this alleged scam. Srinivasan said district supply officer and circle officers will assist Muthuraman.

DC Palamu said ' I am told that paddy traders of Bihar are using Palamu's farmers' Adahar Card, Bank Accounts and Lagan receipt for sale of their paddy at these centres since payment to farmers who so sells his paddy is to be done through bank straight into the account of farmer who has sold the paddy at the centre.

He said if the probe establishes fraudulent practice in procurement of paddy at these centres wherein paddy traders of Bihar are out to extract money then the administration will sue official be he of district administration or FCI.