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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.

August 24, 2017: The nine-judge Constitution Bench rules that right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty” and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World; indeed it's the only thing that ever has"

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” - Edward Snowden

Special

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.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9335 - Oilcos in Kashmir flout Supreme Court directive on LPG subsidy - Greater Kashmir.com

Compel beneficiaries to register Aadhar details

MUKEET AKMALI 
Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 9 2016 12:40AM | Updated Date: Feb 9 2016 12:40AM


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In violation of the Supreme Court directions, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) in Kashmir have issued ‘diktat’ to LPG consumers asking them to register Aadhaar details with respective dealers or else their subsidies would be stopped.

The Supreme Court of India in a latest judgement ruled that linking of Aadhaar for providing these services will only be on “voluntary basis and no person shall be deprived of any benefit for want of Aadhar”.

However, in clear violation of these directions, the oil marketing companies have asked the consumers to register their Aadhar details with respective LPG dealerships before February 29 for availing LPG subsidy.

An advertisement by HPCL here reads: “All LPG consumers of Jammu and Kashmir are requested to convert from Bank Transfer Compliant to Aadhar Transfer Compliant before 29 February.

The OMC order has come as a rude shock to the consumers in Kashmir who are yet to get Aadhar cards particularly in Srinagar district where only 30 per cent people have received Aadhar cards.

“This means all domestic LPG consumers who are availing subsidy without seeding their Aadhar card in LPG database and without linking their Aadhar details to their bank details, have to furnish Aadhar details to their LPG distributor and bank at the earliest,” the advertisement by the HPCL reads.

“Majority of LPG consumers are yet to submit their Aadhar card number but have linked their bank account with the LPG consumer number and continue to receive LPG subsidy in their bank accounts through Bank Transfer Compliant mode. In order to continue receiving LPG subsidy, such consumers will now have to submit the Aadhar card details with their LPG distributor and also link the Aadhar card with their bank accounts,” it states.

Meanwhile, the move has evoked sharp criticism from the consumers in the Kashmir Valley who accuse the OMCs of hoodwinking people of the state.

Scores of consumers told Greater Kashmir that they have yet to receive the Aadhar card. “What will we submit when we have yet to receive the Aadhar card? It is highly unreasonable on the part of the oil companies to press for the Aadhar cards when they obviously know that majority of people in Kashmir, particularly in Srinagar have not received the Aadhar cards as yet. This is clearly a ploy to deprive us from the subsidy,”  they said.

 “I am yet to get Aadhar card, what will I submit. It is a joke on part of the government as well as OMCs who are just harassing people on one pretext or the other,” said Abid Hussain, a Srinagar resident.

The consumers are evoking Supreme Court direction stating that why the OMCs are not keeping the submission of Aadhar details as “voluntarily instead of mandatory”.

“I have not opted for the Aadhar as I feel it intrudes my privacy but why it is made mandatory for availing benefits though the SC direction is against it, “said Javid Ahmad, a local resident.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Deputy Manager Sales, HPCL, Zubair Banday said that they are following the guidelines of Union Oil Ministry.

“Union Oil Ministry has asked all the oil marketing companies to route LPG subsidy through Aadhar Transfer compliant,” he said adding they are following their guidelines.

When asked that majority of people in Kashmir are without Aadhar cards, he said that those who don’t have Aadhar cards can submit undertaking at their respective dealerships to continue subsidy till they get the Aadhar.