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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, April 3, 2016

9720 - Easier loans, pensions and PPF with Aadhaar power - Economic Times

By Mahendra Singh, TNN | 2 Apr, 2016, 09.43AM IST

As enrolment for the unique identification number hits the one billion mark, Aadhaar is set to touch the lives of millions of people as the government plans to provide subsidies and entitlements through Aadhaar-linked accounts.


NEW DELHI: Aadhaar-linked schemes are expected to reduce the government's administrative costs while also making issuance of ration cards, access to scholarships, pensions and provident fund accounts faster and more reliable.

Annual visits to the bank to confirm eligibility for pensions, verification of caste and domicile certificate claimants, tax payments and purchase of financial products can become easier if the Aadhaar identity is established as reliable and glitch free.


The unique identification number ( UID) platform offers an easy and relatively fool-proof method of establishing identities and can also be used by private businesses as its authentication procedure can significantly curtail verification procedures while making the process more secure.



As enrolment for the unique identification number hits the one billion mark, Aadhaar is set to touch the lives of millions of people as the government plans to provide subsidies and entitlements through Aadhaar-linked accounts.

The Aadhaar identity is mobile and dynamic as it is more reliable than a driving licence or ration card. Both these are vulnerable to duplication and fraud.

Government agencies anywhere in the country can verify the identity of an individual on real-time basis from the central database without requiring a physical card.

This has the potential to expand the use of an Aadhaar platform to the private sector for a range of purposes such as verifying identity of an individual to depositing salary in bank accounts linked with Aadhaar numbers or issuance of a mobile phone SIM card.

Bank managers will be more confident in sanctioning loans to Aadhaarlinked accounts that are reciepients of government assistance and similar veri-fication for operation of lockers can eliminate impersonation.

Aadhaar will help the government save money by checking leakages and duplication in welfare scheme, but will also work as a neutral system that confirms or denies identities without storing the purpose for which authentication is needed.


Among the major benefits transferred at present by using Aadhaar include LPG gas subsidy through which one can get direct benefit transfer by linking bank account to the LPG number.