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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

9511 - Opposition to protest government's plan to introduce Aadhaar Bill as Money Bill - Economic Times

By ET Bureau | Mar 14, 2016, 05.50 AM IST
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NEW DELHI: Opposition parties are planning a protest in the Rajya Sabha on Monday against the government's plan to introduce the Aadhaar bill as a money bill in the House.

Categorising the bill, already passed by the Lok Sabha, as a money bill will strip the Opposition dominated Rajya Sabha of its powers to vote for or against the legislation.

The Opposition in the Rajya Sabha has limited options on a money bill. The maximum the House can do on a money bill is to recommend amendments, which are not binding on the government, or 'sit on' the bill for 14 days, after which it is deemed passed by Parliament.

"We have information that the government is planning to bring the Aadhaar bill to the Rajya Sabha with a certificate from the Lok Sabha speaker, naming it as a money bill," said a senior Opposition leader. "It is very unfortunate and amounts to circumventing the rules to undercut the Upper House. We will oppose it."

Congress leaders say "bulldozing bills under the garb of money bills could seriously impact the government's efforts to negotiate consensus on many other bills, including the GST bill, which is a Constitution amendment bill that requires twothirds vote in both the houses".

As per rules, the Lok Sabha speaker is vested with powers to categorize a bill as a money bill. A money bill is one that has an in-built provision to draw funds from the Consolidated Fund of India (CFI).

The political class is divided whether the Aadhaar bill falls under this category or not, with the government insisting that the bill draws money from the CFI as its scope has been enlarged from a unique instrument for identity to the one that will be used to target subsidies. But the Opposition questions this logic and insists the government's only attempt is to push the bill through without the legislative scrutiny of the Rajya Sabha, where it lacks a majority.

The leaders of the Congress, Left and many regional parties are coordinating to put a united opposition to the government's move. In what could be an indirect criticism of the Lok Sabha speaker's ruling, these opposition parties will seek a detailed debate on rules and provisions that qualify a bill to be a money bill.


The government has already informed Opposition parties about its intent to extend the first phase of the budget session by two more days to March 18. While the Rajya Sabha is scheduled to discuss/pass the railway budget and the whistleblowers bill on Monday, the Lok Sabha will prioritise the passing of finance and real estate bills this wee