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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

9438 - Narendra Modi gives it back to Congress, faces heat from Kanhaiya Kumar - LIve Mint

Last Modified: Fri, Mar 04 2016. 05 00 PM IST


The govt will meet bankers, top govt and RBI officials today

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Narendra Modi. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: Three days after the Union Budget was tabled in the Parliament, the Union government will meet bankers and top officials from the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday to take stock of the developments in the banking sector. Known as Gyan Sangam, the meet comes at a time when the government has signalled its intention to go in for consolidation in the banking sector, a move that analysts say will require a strong political will, given traditional opposition to mergers by bank unions. Read more

Today, in Parliament’s list of business, both the houses will take up Private Members’ Bill. The Lok Sabha will hold a general discussion on the Railway Budget for 2016-17, and on the steps to ensure welfare of Employees’ Provident Fund pensioners, among other things.

The Rajya Sabha, on the other hand, will discuss expenditure on elections and functioning of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), among other things.

In a major development which could reset the subsidy regime, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) introduced The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016, in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The bill seeks to make the use of Aadhaar mandatory for availing of government subsidies but at the same time tries to address concerns regarding privacy and protection of personal information. To ensure statutory backing to the bill, it has been tabled as a money bill in the Lok Sabha. Read more to know what exactly is a money bill.

All eyes were on Parliament on Thursday not only in anticipation of the Aadhaar Bill but also due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reply to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address in which he took a dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s speech on Wednesday. The PM invoked former Congress prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi to underscore his concern about frequent disruptions in Parliament. “60 years of Congress rule had sown the seeds of poverty in the country,” Modi said in his speech which was viewed 23,500 times within seven hours of being uploaded on the PM’s official YouTube channel. Even Twitter broke out in praise of the PM’s oratory as the hashtag #NaMoInSansad trended. While some people compared the opposition to kids getting lectured in a classroom, others roped in the Obamas into the NaMO fanclub.

While Modi paid back Gandhi in the same coin inside Parliament, he faced similar heat outside the house and that too from a student. Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who got interim bail for six months after being released from Tihar jail, took on the PM and his government in an impassioned speech. “We want freedom within the country, not from the country,” said Kumar, who was arrested for a sedition charge.

Meanwhile, legislative council elections were held on Thursday for 28 seats in Uttar Pradesh. The election saw 97 candidates fight it out as an overall polling percentage of 97.22% was reported at the end of the day. The results which will be announced on 6 March will be crucial for the Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the three main political players in the state, with UP going to polls in 2017.

In the poll-bound state of Assam, in a move to consolidate the vote bank, the BJP on Thursday officially announced its tie-up with Asom Gana Parishad. Assam goes to poll in April-May. The election commission is yet to officially announce the dates.