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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.

August 24, 2017: The nine-judge Constitution Bench rules that right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty” and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World; indeed it's the only thing that ever has"

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” - Edward Snowden

Special

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.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

9717 - Datamini Janunnati Pad launched with Aadhaar-approved fingerprint scanner

Datamini Janunnati Pad launched with Aadhaar-approved fingerprint scanner


Datamini didn't really specify a clear price, but quotes it in the range of Rs 12,000 and Rs 20,000 depending upon the configuration

Written by Karthekayan Iyer | New Delhi | 
Published:April 1, 2016 11:44 am - 

Datamini has launched new enterprise-class tablet that incorporates Aadhaar-card approved fingerprint scanner right into the tablet
Written by Karthekayan Iyer 
New Delhi
Published:Apr 1, 2016, 11:44
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Datamini, the Indian PC manufacturer, has launched a new enterprise-class tablet that incorporates Aadhaar-card approved fingerprint scanner right into the tablet. While it looks just like any other 7-inch consumer tablet in the market, the built-in fingerprint scanner gives it an edge in the enterprise market.
Janunnati Pad is conceived and developed under government’s ‘Make In India’ initiative and is backed by MAIT, India’s premier ICT hardware industry association. Datamini says Janunnati Pad will enable low-cost financial transactions in India.

The uniqueness of Datamini’s Janunnati Pad lies in its true integration of barcode reader, fingerprint reader and magnetic card reader. Also, Janunnati Pad comes with an ergonomic rugged design which should appeal to enterprise buyers.
As far as specs are concerned, Datamini Janunnati Pad comes with 7-inch IPS display and can be configured with Windows 10 or Android operating system. Under the hood, the tablet is powered by Intel Atom Z8300 processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage.
Datamini Janunnati Pad also boasts of a combination of a 5MP/2MP camera which aren’t impressive and would obviously be not used much.


Datamini is extremely optimistic about the product. The company projects shipments in the range of 1,00,000-2,50,000 in the remaining months of this year, which would take immense work to accomplish. Datamini didn’t really specify a clear price but quotes it in the range of Rs 12,000 and Rs 20,000 depending upon the configuration. The deliveries for the device are expected to start by April. While Datamini has managed most authentication system including biometric, Debjani Ghosh, Intel VP said the next stage of the product could see integration with Intel RealSense camera for facial recognition which could raise the adoptability of the device. Datamini seeks to put this product in the hands of enterprise and its MD Pitamber Ahuja added, “With an established background in manufacturing of quality ICT hardware, we strongly believe the timing is apt for such a revolutionary product to be introduced in the country that can address the emerging needs for custom-built, application-specific enterprise class Tablets in the Indian as well as export markets.” Datamini’s Janunnati Pad is definitely useful for enterprise-class needs like data validation and eKYC, but will this product gain any adoption in the Indian market, only time will tell. 

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