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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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9751 - News in numbers | The first Aadhaar card was issued in September 2010 - Live Mint

Last Modified: Tue, Apr 05 2016. 10 30 AM IST

News in numbers | The first Aadhaar card was issued in September 2010

About 93% of the projected adult population of 2015 have Aadhaar numbers

12.3%
What is it? The share of stalled projects as a percentage of total projects under implementation for the quarter ended March 2016.

Why is it important? This is the highest since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) came to power in May 2014. The government now wants to focus on execution and go slow on announcing new schemes, even as it enters its third year.

Tell me more: The value of projects increased from Rs.9.49 trillion in the April-June quarter of 2014 to Rs.11.36 trillion in the January-March quarter of 2016, according to data by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy. The average number of projects as a share of outstanding projects revived and completed was 22% in 2014-15 and 2015-16, compared with 29% during the UPA-II rule (2009-10 to 2013-14).

1,000,856,739
What is it? The number of Aadhaar numbers that have been issued till date.

Why is it important? About 93% of the projected adult population of 2015 have Aadhaar numbers. The first card was issued in September 2010, which makes it the fastest jump from zero to billion in digital history . The challenge ahead is to use Aadhaar to provide government services, such as subsidies, more efficiently.

Tell me more: The government said it has saved Rs.14,672 crore under the direct benefit transfer of LPG scheme and another Rs.2,346 crore under the public distribution system in four states. The government is looking to approach the Supreme Court for using Aadhaar in other government services and social security schemes.

$231 million
What is it? The amount Terraform Global Inc. has accused its parent company SunEdison Inc. of misappropriating.

Why is it important? This has delayed renewable energy projects in India. SunEdison, which is reportedly planning to file for bankruptcy in the near future, has also put all its India assets on sale. It has projects of 1.5 gigawatts capacity in India, which are at various stages of development.
Tell me more: Terraform Global alleged that SunEdison used its cash to prop up its flagging liquidity position instead of using it to finish near-complete renewable energy projects in India, as promised.

$20 million
What is it? The amount invested by Velocity Interactive Group in NDTV in 2007.
Why is it important? It has been disallowed by the Income Tax Department. This is equivalent to Rs.135 crore at current exchange rates.
Tell me more: The I-T department has issued an order to the media company, terming the investment a sham transaction and said it was unexplained in the hands of NDTV. It has also raised a tax demand of Rs.47.27 crore for 2007-08. The department had issued a similar order to NDTV with respect to an investment of $150 million (Rs.1,000 crore) in NDTV in 2008 in NDTV Networks Plc. to acquire a 26% stake.

4
What is it? The jail term in terms of years for two directors of Jharkhand Ispat for coal scam.
Why is it important? This is the first conviction in the coal blocks allocation scam, which has been estimated to have caused a loss of Rs.1.86 trillion to the exchequer. Last August, the CBI chargesheeted 14 people including industrialist Naveen Jindal, former coal minister Dasari Narayan Rao and former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda.
Tell me more: R.C. Rungta and R.S. Rungta, chairman and director of the company respectively, have been held guilty of deceiving and defrauding the government to get a coal block allocated to them in Jharkhand. The court has imposed a fine of Rs.25 lakh on Jharkhand Ispat and Rs.5 lakh each on the company executives.

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