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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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Sunday, March 27, 2016

9667 - Aadhaar will benefit government in war on black money, benami deals - Hindustan Times


  • Aloke Tikku and Moushumi Das Gupta, Hindustan Times, New DelhiUpdated: Mar 26, 2016 10:21 IST
Aadhaar is the new weapon in the government’s armoury to fight black money and check frauds. (PTI Photo)

You will soon have to produce an Aadhaar number to access government services, right from applying for a driving licence to registering a property deed.

Delivering targeted subsidies isn’t all that the Aadhaar Bill passed by Parliament this month seeks to achieve. It also makes the 12-digit unique identity number the new weapon in the government’s armoury to fight black money, put an end to benami transactions and check frauds, too.

Once the new law comes into force, the government will start identifying public services that you can access only on producing an Aadhaar number. Those who do not have it will have to give proof that they have applied for one. Nearly 78% of the 128 crore population has been issued an Aadhaar number.

(Source: UIDAI (Data as on 29 February 2016))

Notwithstanding the risks to privacy , this will have its share of advantages.

“It will significantly reduce the problem of ghosts and duplicates in the system... what is called retail fraud,” ABP Pandey, director general and mission director, Unique Identification Authority of India, told HT.

For instance, Aadhaar will ensure that a person can get only one driving licence, irrespective of which corner of the country he gets it from. “Once people know they cannot get another licence, they will be more careful about violating traffic rules,” an official in the road transport and highways ministry said.
That could make Indian roads much safer. About 150,000 people die in road accidents in the country annually and nearly a third of motor vehicle drivers have a fake licence.
In a single stroke, Aadhaar could discourage people with black money from buying benami properties, a preferred investment to park funds. When the government makes Aadhaar mandatory for property transactions, people will not be able to buy properties in just about anybody’s name. Income tax authorities could easily check if the person in whose name a property was purchased had declared the income in tax returns.
It is a plan that finance minister Arun Jaitley has been mulling over for more than a year.

The income tax department last year started asking taxpayers to report their Aadhaar number in online returns. The incentive was that those who did so were spared the pain of sending their signed returns by post.

“Many people still did not give their number,” an income tax department official said. With the law on their side, the official said it would be possible for them to explicitly mandate that people do.


“The idea has been to link Aadhaar with the PAN (permanent account number issued by the tax department) and the passport number. This will help the tax department track transactions and compare them with the income disclosed in the tax return,” an official said.

Government officials said the Delhi government move in 2013 making Aadhaar compulsory for accessing any service could be the norm across the country. The 2013 order, however, had to be withdrawn on Supreme Court directions in the absence of legislative backing for the number.

(With inputs from Timsy Jaipuria)