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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.


Saturday, February 13, 2016

9343 - Now, Aadhaar-based biometric attendance must to draw salary - Tribune India

Posted at: Feb 11 2016 1:06AM

To ensure efficiency in offices
  • The government officers and officials will be paid salary from March onwards only if they have enrolled themselves for the Aadhaar-based biometric system
  • This is being done to ensure punctuality in the government offices and establishments and to promote transparency and efficiency in the government system
Arteev Sharma
Tribune News Service
Jammu, February 10

The authorities today announced that the government officers and officials would be paid salary from March onwards only if they have enrolled themselves for the Aadhaar-based biometric system.

The order followed the February 7 decision of the State Administrative Council that all government offices in Jammu and Kashmir would have Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system in position by March 31 this year. The council was constituted by Governor NN Vohra on February 4.

The authorities, while issuing the detailed guidelines, said it was being done “to ensure punctuality in the government offices and establishments, hassle-free and leakage-free distribution of benefits to various sections of the public and to promote transparency and efficiency in the government system.”

“No salary or wages would be drawn in favour of the government employees of any category from March 2016 onwards unless they have enrolled themselves in the Aadhaar-based biometric system. It applies also to the public-sector undertaking employees, contractual, consolidated, casual workers or any other type of persons drawing wages in any form from the public exchequer,” said a General Administration Department (GAD) order.

It said it would be the duty of the Drawing and Disbursing Officers concerned to ensure enrolment in the system before March 31 and furnish a certificate for it along with the salary or wage bill presented in the Treasury, without which the treasury officers are directed not to entertain any salary or wage bill.

“From April 1 onwards, the marking of attendance in the system would be compulsory for all categories of employees and wage earners,” the order said.

The order also covered pensioners of the state, saying: “All pensioners are also required to enrol themselves by obtaining the Aadhaar number by March 31 as this would help them to digitally identify themselves in future at the nearest common service centre, Khidmat Centre or any other place having the system installed. They would not be required to physically present themselves before the prescribed authorities to prove that they are alive. This initiative is being undertaken as part of the Jeevan Parnam Scheme.”

The order said all persons drawing benefits like old-age pension, widow pension, student scholarship, stipend, honorarium, wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act or any other similar cash benefits from the government would need to enrol themselves in the Aadhaar-based biometric system initially and mark their continued eligibility, periodically, as decided by the department concerned by presenting and marking before the authority concerned.


“The departmental officers concerned will be responsible for getting enrolled all such beneficiaries in the system for their identification, without which they would not draw any benefit after April 1,” it said, adding that all administrative secretaries, heads of the departments and the Deputy Commissioners will be responsible for compliance of the instructions.