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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.


Monday, March 7, 2016

9411 - IT cos find biz opportunities in govt technology adoption- Deccan Herald

N V Vijayakumar Bengaluru. Mar 01, 2016, DHNS


Indian information technology (IT) companies are buoyed by the Union Budget 2016-17 plan to give emphasis to IT on a large scale for income tax filing/litigation, citizen-centric service delivery, agriculture and skill development.

Besides giving emphasis on building digital literacy massively, the government is planning to make the IT adoption in a bigger way across SMBs, land record modernisation, Aadhaar adoption, procurement platforms, etc.

Nasscom President R Chandrashekhar said this is an opportune time for Indian IT companies. “Linking social security benefits to Aadhaar will plug leakages and increase efficiency. Also, the government’s decision to start 1,500 multi-skill centres is a good beginning to enhance IT skills through out the country. We would urge the government to move forward at a swift pace and build an effective PPP model,” he said.

Tata Consultancy Services CEO N Chandrasekaran said the extension of the SEZ scheme till 2020 and reduced tax at 10 per cent for global revenues generated by India-registered IPR will further energise IT companies and entrepreneurship.

“Jaitley has announced a slew of digital platforms to connect farmers with their ecosystem. This is a very comprehensive technology-led plan that will significantly bootstrap the Indian heartland into the digital age,” he said.

Wipro CFO Jatin Dalal said the Finance Minister has balanced the investment needs of a growth economy with commitments on fiscal discipline. “The Budget focuses on investment in infrastructure and social sectors, while attempting to widen the tax base. The measures announced for the rural economy should boost productivity and incomes leading to growth in consumption,” he said. “I applaud the efforts to increase the use of technology in e-governance, as well as steps taken towards digital Inclusion. I welcome the special patent regime which will encourage research and lead to generation of intellectual property in India,” he said.

“The government focus on bringing Aadhaar framework through Social Security Platform would require technology support, and we have the capabilities as well,” IESA President M N Vidyashankar told Deccan Herald. “The entire transformation of citizenship identity to a uniform platform has brought lots of cheer to the IT ecosystem. The government’s focus on agriculture will bring an accelerated pace to the growth of tech companies,” he said.

Recently, Infosys has bagged a Rs 1,380-crore contract from the Centre to build technology infrastructure for Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN).

FreeCharge COO Govind Rajan said the government’s proposal to automate three lakh fair price shops is a great step towards the overall Digital This move will further open up the scope for automation of payments at fair price shops by embracing new forms of digital payments like wallets,” he said.

Labour analysts say the decision to extend Section 80 JJAA will help IT sector. The provision gives rebates to the company for paying additional wages to new regular workmen employed during the previous three years.

According to a recent survey, total revenue (exports and domestic) of the Indian IT-BPM sector for 2015-16 is expected to touch $143 billion, registering a growth of 8.3 per cent over the previous year. But the IDC survey cautions that due to the growing economic slump in global spending on IT, which has grown by about 5% or 6% consistently for the last five years, is due to grow by only 2%.

Besides dual levies on software products, analysts find that the budget did not address transfer pricing issues related to safe harbour margins and APA roll back rules.