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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.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

9537 - "Aadhaar shouldn't be linked to food distribution" - Governance Now


To curb leakages in Rajasthan, need for Aadhaar authentification and Aadhaar linked PoS devices for fair ration distribution

Pratap Vikram Singh | March 14, 2016


- See more at: http://www.governancenow.com/news/regular-story/aadhaar-shouldnt-be-linked-food-distribution-paeg#sthash.Ew00T4hp.dpuf


Aadhaar-based disbursal of subsidised ration is opening new avenues for corruption in Rajasthan, said Nikhil Dey of People’s Action for Employment Guarantee (PAEG). Dey was speaking to journalists at a conference organised by a group of civil society organisations to discuss 2016 budget allocation to the social sector. Though the government is banking heavily on Aadhaar linked point of sale (PoS) devices for curbing leakages in food distribution network, only 20 to 40 percent of ration disbursal is being done through these devices because either the devices don’t work or the connectivity is poor, Dey said. Unable to authenticate the usage of Aadhaar, the fair price shop (FPS) dealers are manually disbursing ration, maintaining a record of the transaction in a dairy. Hence almost 60 percent of ration disbursal is being done manually, exposing the fraught distribution network to greater corruption. 

“The authentication process through Aadhaar linked PoS devices takes up to eight minutes. Long queues are being seen at FPS and many people go back as devices stop working. The situation is the same across all districts. The district magistrates tell us that the system will function optimally with better machines and connectivity,” Dey added. Under National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013, states provide three kilogram of wheat and two kilogram of rice to each member of a beneficiary household. They can provide these either in kind, after doing end-to-end computerisation of the whole PDS network, or they can opt for cash transfer, where the subsidy amount is transferred in their bank account. In its report, a high level committee headed by Shanta Kumar noted that the leakages in the PDS system are as high as 50 percent in some states. He recommended phasing out manual system by cash transfer. The move would save close to Rs 30,000 crore annually in food subsidy. Lok Sabha recently passed Aadhaar Bill, which mandates UID number for receiving any subsidy, benefit or service. "Soon the disbursal of ration will only happen after Aadhaar authentication.  If the PoS devices continue to malfunction, many beneficiaries will not receive ration. That will be a huge saving for the government”, said Dey.  He demanded that Aadhaar shouldn’t be linked to food distribution. - See more at: http://www.governancenow.com/news/regular-story/aadhaar-shouldnt-be-linked-food-distribution-paeg#sthash.Ew00T4hp.dpuf