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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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Monday, March 7, 2016

9432 - The Gurgaon con gang: ‘Maids’ rob 40 homes of Rs 5-cr valuables - Hindustan Times


  • Leena Dhankhar, Hindustan Times, GurgaonUpdated: Mar 03, 2016 10:52 IST
Two women of the con gang were arrested after a 55-year-old businessman, one of their victims, saw them in Sushant Lok on February 16 and informed the police. (HT Photo)

Nine months after stealing jewellery and cash worth Rs 5 crore from more than 40 residents in Gurgaon, six members of a con gang found themselves in the police net on Wednesday only after victims took to social networking sites with CCTV footage and photos of the alleged accused.

The police acted after 21 victims shared CCTV footage and photos of the gang on social networking sites. The victims also formed a group on WhatsApp and discussed among themselves about ways to put an end to the frequent thefts. They said the police failed to recover the stolen ornaments. Some of the ornaments were more than 100 years old and were family heirlooms, one of the victims said.

The arrested six have been identified as Kajal and Poonam — both domestic helps — Ravi Kumar, Kajal’s husband, Shivam, and two jewellers —Vikas Kumar from Bhagalpur (Bihar) and Rakesh Kumar from Palam (Delhi).


The accused were involved in around 40 theft cases in Gurgaon, 20 in Faridabad and more than 100 in Delhi and Noida, the police said. Kajal alone was involved in 50 thefts, the police said.

Ravi Kumar’s smartphone was a major giveaway about the gang, which targeted upscale New Gurgaon residential areas such as DLF City phases 4 and 5, Sushant Lok, Sohna Road, Sector 56 and Sector 57. He stored snapshots of the gang members’ Aadhaar cards and other ID proofs, which helped the police nab six of them.

The police are on the lookout for masterminds Reena Devi, Meera Devi, Sundari, Seema and Nirmala Devi, who are from Bhagalpur.

The gang members, in teams of two, posed as domestic helps and robbed residents on the first day of their employment, the police said.

“The gang was operational in Gurgaon for nine months and targeted houses in several localities. They were not scared of being caught. The mobile phone that the police found had all details of the gang members. It also had photos of their Aadhaar cards, but the police did not bother to look at it,” 
Saloni Chawla, a senior executive at an MNC in Gurgaon and a resident of Sanskriti Apartments, Sector 43, claimed.

Though six of the gang members were nabbed on Wednesday, victims said they were disappointed with the “casual approach of the police”. They alleged that if the police were more active and conducted raids on time, more items would have been recovered and all members arrested.

“It is unfortunate that despite six arrests, the police could recover items worth Rs 50,000 only. The important members of the gang are still at large. The members have not spent even 5% of the stolen items as their expenses are not more than Rs 5,000 a month. They live frugally, so where did the ornaments and money go? The police also went to Bihar, but found nothing,” Dr Vani Relan Wasir, a victim and resident of DLF City phase 1, said.

The police are searching for two more jewellers — Santosh and Kailash — who allegedly bought stolen ornaments from the gang and sold it in different parts of the country. Another jeweller, Vishnu, is serving his sentence in Bhagalpur jail and the Gurgaon police will get his custody on production remand.
The gang divided the country in zones and the members sold the ornaments to jewellers who sold them in several states, inspector Yashwant Singh, in-charge of the crime unit, said.
When the police visited to a few jewellery shops in Gurgaon, they found them shut. Singh said the shopkeepers might have been tipped off.

“We gathered call records of some mobile numbers, which will lead us to the other accused. We are trying to find out about the other jewellers who bought the stolen ornaments,” assistant commissioner of police (DLF) Ramesh Pal said.