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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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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

9604 - All fair-price shops to have ePOS by March ’19: Paswan - Financial Express

'About 80,000 FPS already provided with biometric devices for distributing subsidised foodgrains'
By: FE Bureau | New Delhi | March 18, 2016 12:11 AM

In a bid to curb pilferage of foodgrains in the public distribution system (PDS), 3 lakh electronic point of sale (ePOS) devices would be installed at fair price shops (FPS) by end-March 2017, food minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday said.

“About 80,000 FPS have already been provided with bio-metric ePOS devices for distributing subsidised foodgrains. By March 2019, all the ration shops in the country will have these devices to make PDS totally leak proof,” Pawan said after launching FCI depot online initiatives. There are around 5 lakh ration shops which handles foodgrains distributed to poor families under PDS.

He said 45% of 24.6 crore ration cards have been seeded with Aadhaar numbers and during the next two years, most of the ration card holders would be seeded with Aadhaar. The ePOS devices that track the sale of foodgrains to actual cardholders on a real-time basis would complement the efforts to cut pilferage, allowing significant savings in food subsidy, even as the implementation of the direct benefit transfer (DBT) to credit the subsidy to the bank accounts of the intended beneficiaries is still at an early stage.

Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh have almost completed ePOS installations, while others like Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are catching up. States with large poor populations like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha have, however, yet to make any headway in n equipping their FPSs with ePOS devices.
On the online integration of FCI godowns, Paswan said by July this year operations of all the 553 odd FCI depots will be online and by March, 2017 remaining depots which include Central Warehousing Corporation, State Warehousing Corporations and hired ones from private parties would be put online.
The purpose of online depot computerisation is to discontinue manual entry of foodgrains stocks in each of FCI’s depot for eliminating possibility of diversion of grains. The corporation has already completed the pilot run of the software in 36 depots located across the country during the last couple of months.
Under the online projects, all the depots managers and allied staff are trained with handling tablets for entering the stock positions in the real time basis.

Once all the depots owned by FCI are put in a single online platform, the rest of the 1,288 godowns hired by FCI from Central Warehousing Corporation, state warehousing corporations, etc. would be added to the platform probably by the end of current fiscal.

“The automation of the entire process from entry and exit of foodgrains at FCI depots would bring total transparency in the working of FCI. This will improve efficiency in operations of depots,” Paswan said.

At present, there is computerisation at FCI depots to some extent through which fortnightly grain stocks positions are generated. However, for all other operations from loading to unloading of foodgrains is carried out manually.


The high-level committee on FCI restructuring chaired by former food minister Shanta Kumar last year had recommended end-to-end computerisation of the entire food management system, starting from procurement from farmers to stocking, movement and finally, distribution through the Targeted Public Distribution System. FCI handles around 55–60 million tonne (MT) of foodgrains, mostly consisting of rice and wheat annually.