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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 14, 2016

9504 - Aadhaar: Money Bill was unnecessary - Deccan Chronicle

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published
Mar 13, 2016, 1:03 am IST

The NDA government has persisted with Aadhaar.

The notion of a Unique Identification Number for persons residing in the country — to establish identity, and not as a proof of citizenship — had been introduced by the UPA government with a view to ensuring that subsidies and other remittances to an individual from the government (such as pensions, scholarships, or gas cylinder subsidy) are credited directly into a beneficiary’s bank account by linking such accounts with the UIN or Aadhaar number.

The NDA government has persisted with Aadhaar. No substantive difference seems to exist between the conception of the UPA and the NDA on this. Particularly in light of this, there seems little justification for the NDA government to have passed the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill of 2016 in the Lok Sabha on Friday, having moved it as a money bill in order to bypass the Rajya Sabha and avoid any discussion.

A money bill is not voted on in the Upper House.  If the earlier Congress government had brought the National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010, there was little likelihood of the Congress opposing the measure piloted by the Union finance ministry in the Upper House, since both appear to be the same in conception and in operation detail. In any case, the government’s move is bad in principle. It latched on to a technicality, which says that a measure can be introduced as a money bill if the Speaker offers consent.

By bringing this measure as a money bill, the NDA government probably wishes to create the impression that the Congress is an irrational Opposition party. Such a reading won’t stand scrutiny as just the previous day the Congress helped pass the Real Estate Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Many have raised privacy-related concerns about Aadhaar.

Their anxiety is that when biometric data like finger-print and size and colour of the iris, in addition to a photograph and demographic data such as name and age, is with the government’s Central Identities Data Repository, the information could be illegally transmitted for purposes other than establishing the identity of a person resident in India. The bill brought by UPA, and withdrawn by the present government, had envisaged a fine of Rs 1 crore for transgressions on this count.


The present measure envisages imprisonment of up to three years and a fine of at least Rs 10 lakh. More clarity through a discussion is still called for. The SC had ruled not so long ago that a beneficiary could not be denied his government dues for non-possession of an Aadhaar number provided there were no doubts on identity. The just passed bill does not clear the air on this count. The court may have to step in once again and clarify the law.