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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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Saturday, March 19, 2016

9561 - Old maladies haunt ePoS in PDS - Hans India


THE HANS INDIA |   Mar 14,2016 , 08:14 AM IST


Nellore: The much-hyped e-PoS (point of sale) system for preventing irregularities in public distribution system (PDS) has been a tough nut for officials to crack. The method aimed at preventing diversion of PDS commodities has failed to take off across the district and also has not yielded expected results wherever it was implemented.

The system has been a role model, which was pilot tested in Krishna district and was later implemented across the State, in a bid to save Rs 1,000 crore per annum to the exchequer that was being misappropriated by the dealers. The district administration started implementing the system a few days ago. The entire distribution process has to be fixed within three days but that wasn’t the case. 

While it was planned to complete 80 percent of distribution on the first day and finish the rest in the remaining two days, only 65 percent of the essential commodities were distributed during the first three days. There are huge stocks of materials that are yet to be dispersed and ration card holders are under dilemma whether they would be received this month’s ration.  

Iris and finger prints, play a key role in the system. Under the biometric authentication system, the quantum of essential commodities of each consumer is entitled to will be displayed. The consumer can draw the entire material at one go or in several spells and a slip will get generated on the quantum of essential commodities drawn, according to the procedure. 

It would help record all transactions electronically, which enables real time accounts of opening stock, daily sales and closing stock. In turn, this would facilitate monthly allotment of stocks to the dealers based on the stock position and also facilitate monitoring and detection of fraudulent transactions. 

Under the system, the beneficiaries are identified by Aadhaar and verified through iris and fingerprinting at the time of release of the goods. The objective of the programme is to ensure that only genuine cardholder, whose name is mentioned in the ration card can buy the subsidised commodities.

There are about 8.50 lakh ration cards in the district and essential commodities were being distributed through 1,879 fair price shops. After distribution of commodities that was kicked off in the month of March, around 35 per cent of cardholders, nearly 3.11 lakh are yet to receive the commodities. It is pitiable to note that commodities were only distributed to 45 per cent card holders in district head quarters.

Social activists blamed dealers and said that their negligence and unwillingness to follow new system was the reason for the failure of e-PoS. “Though the officials directed the dealers to open shops from 10 am to 5 pm, it was blatantly ignored by many dealers. They still followed old system,” said K Venkateswarlu, a social activist from Narayanareddypet in Nellore rural mandal.

Moreover, failure of servers due to limited access to internet, no-response from biometric system and others added fuel to the fire thus leading to incomplete distribution of commodities in a stipulated time.