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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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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

9617 - Opening new horizons for railways development - Governance Now


Reforms like Aadhaar and online tests make Indian railways more technology driven and efficient
GN Bureau | March 18, 2016

The Indian railway budget for 2016 clearly indicates that the government’s investment plans are high for the next five years. This means that many people will be hired by the recruitment board in the coming years. As per recent estimates, 2.35 lakh people will be hired in railways in the next one year.

Speaking at the Railways Reform and Governance Conclave, organised by Governance Now, in New Delhi on Friday, Nagendran Sundararajan, executive vice president, Merittac India highlighted the significance of technology in making the examination process of Indian railways easier. He said, “The age-old system of giving tests on exam sheets creates a lot of confusion and unnecessary effort for the examination bodies. There are a lot of issues involved like printing, transit of question papers etc. Many students try different means to pass the examinations. It is important for exam bodies to bring fairness in the system.”


Hence, in an effort to modernise the examination system, the railway recruitment board (RRB) has started online tests. The challenge is to convince the students to take these exams online. “It is important to integrate technology into the railway system at every level. We are glad that the RRB has started computer based tests”, he said.

“Around two-three crore people will be taking the tests in the next one and a half years. We need to ensure that the country has enough infrastructure to handle the data and not misplace it. We need to build good capacity and that can only be done through technology,” he added.

Aadhaar card for identification
In a bid to simplify and secure the process of identification of an Indian railway passenger, Sunil Kumar, GGM-IT of indian railways catering and tourism corporation (IRCTC), said that the online ticket booking service might be integrated with Aadhaar for identification purposes. He added that, “The current system allows the users to book tickets with the help of any of the documents that are available with them, such as PAN card, passport and driving license. IRCTC has been thinking about a safer and simpler way to confirm the identity of the passenger travelling in Indian railways. What is better than Aadhaar?”
So if all goes as planned, Aadhaar will soon be made mandatory for booking tickets and travelling in the trains for identification purposes.

Highlighting the benefits of including Aadhaar in IRCTC’s identification process, S.S. Mathur, GM-IT of centre for railway information system (CRIS) said, “At the identification level, there is a problem with both policy and technology. Interfacing with Aadhaar will help us a lot. We can easily identify the passenger by the use of biometric system and by taking his Aadhaar number.”

If Aadhaar is integrated in IRCTC’s identification process, a centralised authentication system will also be built to ensure that the data records are safe in their data centres.
 

- See more at: http://www.governancenow.com/news/regular-story/bringing-aadhaar-technology-indian-railways#sthash.wj5YSiTP.dpuf