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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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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

9747 - After A Hundred Questions And Concerns, Aadhaar Crosses Billion Mark - NDTV



All India | Reported by Sunil Prabhu, Edited by Anindita Sanyal | Updated: April 04, 2016 23:24 IST

NEW DELHI: 
HIGHLIGHTS
  1. Over 93% adults now have unique identification number
  2. Aadhaar used to ensure government subsidies benefit target population
  3. Opposition raises concerns over privacy

Six years after the first Aadhaar card was issued a billion people in India have a unique number allotted to them. Over 93% adults have a smart card, which not only provides them with an identity, but is also used to ensure that government subsidies go directly to the correct beneficiary.

Currently the Aadhaar number is not only used for Public Distribution System, the distribution of cooking gas and kerosene, it is also used to distribute payments for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, government pensions and the Employees' Provident Fund Scheme.

So far, 25.48 crore bank accounts, over 71% cooking gas connections and over 45% ration cards have been linked with the identification programme. The UIDAI authenticates over 40 lakh transactions per day.

But now, backed by the new Aadhaar act -- which gives legal sanction to the unique identification number programme -- the government plans to broaden its ambit to include more services and social security programmes. "We will try to persuade the Supreme Court to release more schemes," said Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Information Technology.

It was former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had asked Nandan Nilekani, then Infosys chief, to bring to life the government's ambitious plan.

Today, Mr Nilekani tweeted:

Truly a historic moment for the nation, @rssharma3. Still remember our first meeting in 2009 when it all began!

On the way, there were objections and concerns. Questions were raised - not only over privacy but even national security. 

In 2014, Mr Nilekani met Prime Minister Narendr Modi and was able to convince him that the Aadhaar number was a game changer. But Mr Nilekani and his team, which included the current head of the Telecom regulatory authority RS Sharma, continued their work.

Even today, while applauding the Aadhaar card, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala  said, "We however have issues on privacy and the manner of approach to undermine the Rajya Sabha."

The Supreme Court's constitution bench has to decide a number of cases around Aadhaar and violation of privacy. But Mr Prasad stressed that all data will be kept absolutely confidential.

The highest number of Aadhaar numbers have been issued in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Maharashtra, West Bengal and Bihar.

Story First Published:April 04, 2016 20:25 IST