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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

9723 - Shot in the arm for govt as Aadhaar enrolment hits 1bn - TNN

Mahendra Singh | TNN | Apr 2, 2016, 05.52 AM IST


NEW DELHI: Aadhaar enrolments are set to hit the 1-billion mark by this weekend — a landmark achievement that could pave the way for the rollout of the Modi government's ambitious plan to expand the use of unique identification numbers to deliver subsidies and entitlements. 

Equipped with statutory backing for Aadhaar after the new law was notified on March 26, the 1-billion milestone will encourage the Centre to universalize UID usage for beneficiaries of welfare schemes which cost an estimated Rs 3.50 lakh crore a year.

The scheme to capture the biometrics of all Indian 'residents', launched with the setting up of the UID Authority in January 2009, has the potential of saving between Rs 50,000 crore and Rs 70,000 crore a year by reducing duplication and leakages, official sources said.

Aadhaar's success is expected to bolster the government's case in the Supreme Court, which has restricted the use of UID to schemes such as MGNREGA, pension disbursal, and Jan Dhan Yojana along with PDS and LPG (cooking gas) distribution. Aadhaar-linked bank accounts are expected to ensure that benefits reach people on confirmation of their identity through the UID authentication system that gives a simple "yes-no" response to a query.

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Media, both print & Electronic, cigar chewing arm chair critics, Congress & the entire 'ghatbandandhan' fringe parties, good for nothing likes of Nayan Tara intellectuals are either blind or deaf or both, not to 'notice' a huge 'change' in national governance then we Indians don't deserve a 'clean' government. Adhar, perhaps incorrectly assessed by Modi prior to May'14, has made a course correction and has turned tables on yet another UPA half hearted initiative. Now nearly a billion Indians are 'connected to Adhar' and shall bear the fruits in coming months / years. Even its creator has publicly admitted that NDA has made a very security tight and usable platform, particularly for those who get government subsidy. The 'middle man' is the most angry (read Congress) group as they thrived under UPA umbrella. The IAS 'babus' are scared to take 'gratuity' from the end user because they were under the 'scanner', which is dubbed by the above named as a 'police state'. They have no idea what a 'police state' is. Days of Soviet Rule, Chines Rule, & Nazi Germany were a few examples. Because of ignorance the Congress & Co term today's India as 'Hitler country'. These guys are nonplussed as this government is functioning well on it's long term agenda. Not 60 years but around 5 years. We have to give NDA at least 5 years of elected term and they have to provide their 'report card' then and if they 'fail', they will have to GO and perhaps, we 'stupid Indians' will reverse the progress by, perhaps electing at 'pot purl' government and we will just have to lump it then.

Navin Mithal

Use of Aadhaar as a know-your-customer (KYC) verification is likely to make opening of bank accounts, particularly for the poor, much easier. The milestone will accelerate the Centre's financial inclusion schemes envisaged as the Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile (JAM) trinity by bringing welfare programmes on the UID platform much before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The target is to enrol all eligible residents — 1.1billion — by 2016-end, paving the way to bring all welfare schemes under the Aadhaar platform.