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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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Thursday, March 31, 2016

9685 - Implementation of Aadhaar opposed - Shillong Times

BY OUR REPORTER | WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016

PEOPLE’S COMMITTEE SAYS RIGHT TO PRIVACY COMPROMISED

SHILLONG: The Meghalaya People’s Committee on Aadhaar (MPCA) which met on Tuesday adopted a resolution to oppose the implementation of Aadhaar in the State.

Supported  by  the  Samaritan  for  Social  Transformation  (SAST),  the  MPCA held  a  public  awareness  meeting  on  the  recently  passed  “Aadhaar  (Targeted  Delivery  of  Financial  and  Other  Subsidies,  Benefits  and  Services)  Bill,  2016”  at  the  Khasi  National  Durbar  Hall,  Mawkhar.

A statement issued by the MPCA said that after the  meeting, it  was  unanimously  resolved  that the Aadhaar  (Targeted  Delivery  of  Financial  and  Other  Subsidies,  Benefits  and  Services)  Bill,  2016  cannot  be  accepted  as  it  involved high costs,  was dependent  on  untested  and  unproven  technology  and   instead,   sought to  encroach  on  the  right  to  privacy  through  sharing  of  information  as  per  section  57  of  the  Bill.

“The real  intent  (of implementing Aadhaar) is to maintain  perpetual  surveillance  on  private  citizens  of  the  country,” the resolution said.

Allowing  any one  residing   in  India  for  not  less  than  182  days  to  enrol  for  Aadhaar  is  giving  room  to imminent  internal  insecurity  since  as  per  Section  9  of  the  Bill,  it  does  “confer  any  right  of,  or  be  proof  of,  citizenship  or  domicile  in  respect  of  an  Aadhaar  number  holder,” the meeting said.

Speakers at the public  awareness campaign included  Usha  Ramanathan  from  Delhi   who  spoke  on  “Aadhaar  and  Law,  Security,  Rights  Violation,  Policy”,  Auguster  Jyrwa,  general  secretary KSU  and  co-convener  of  MPCA, who  spoke  on  “Aadhaar  and  Ethnicity  and  NPR”,  and  Rev.  P.  B.  M.  Basaiawmoit, who spoke on “Impact  of  Aadhaar  Bill  on  privacy,  security  and  human  rights”
Rev  Kyrsoi  Pyrtuh  a  co-convener  of  MPCA,  presided  over  the  meeting.

The meeting also resolved to urge the State Government not to pursue  the  task  of  enrolling  its  citizens  with  the  Aadhaar  number  by  any  means  for  any  purpose, in the context of Supreme  Court’s  interim  order  that  Aadhaar  is  voluntary  and  not  mandatory  and  that  the  Supreme  Court’s  Constitution  Bench  on  the  Right  to  Privacy  and  Aadhaar  is  yet  to give its ruling as it had its first sitting only on January 16 this year.

The meeting said that government boards, corporations and other bodies, including banks, corporates and others should not make Aadhaar number mandatory.

The three Autonomous  District Councils in the State were also urged to take up the matter as Aadhaar enrolment would come into conflict with provisions  of the  Sixth Schedule,  in  particular  para 12-A and  if  necessary,  to pursue  the  matter with the State  Government  and  Governor  for  applying  para 12- A (b).

The copies of the Bill will be sent to  all  the  members  of the State  Legislature and the political parties urging  them  to  pursue  the  matter  at  their  levels  and  join  hands  to  stop  enrolment of Aadhaar.

The Synjuk ki Nongsynshar Shnong ka Bri U Hynniewtrep, the umbrella body of headmen will also be provided with the copy of the Bill.

The MPCA has decided to organise  similar  awareness campaigns  on  Aadhaar  in  all  the  district headquarters  and  other  places within the State.


Read more at http://www.theshillongtimes.com/2016/03/30/implementation-of-aadhaar-opposed/#ab972QeBhQIzQfec.99