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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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Thursday, April 7, 2016

9761 - MGNREGA will not suffer due to arrears of last fiscal, clarifies government - TNN


TNN | Apr 5, 2016, 08.19 PM IS

Women in Rajasthan at work under MGNREGA. (File photo)

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Year 2015-16 registered expenditure under MGNREGA to the tune of Rs 41,371cr, which is the highest expenditure under the programme since its inception
  • Under Direct Benefit Transfer 6.26 crore workers' Aadhaar numbers have been seeded in the programme database out of total 10.4 crore active workers
NEW DELHI: The government has rubbished media reports that performance of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee programme in the current fiscal year will suffer due to arrears of wages of over Rs 8000 crore in 2015-16.

Stating that certain facts in the reports have been highlighted without appreciating the larger picture, the government has clarified that is committed to ensure flow of adequate resources to the programme to fulfil all its objectives.

"Release of funds have been processed to the states/UTs for liquidating the pending liability of wage component (Rs 7983.62 crore). This will not affect the scheme in 2016-17 as funds are also being released for new works planned in 2016-17," says a government release.

The rural development ministry has also highlighted the achievements under the programme in the last fiscal.

"The year 2015-16 has registered expenditure under MGNREGA to the tune of Rs 41,371 crore, which is the highest expenditure under the programme since its inception, the ministry said, adding, "This has allowed for the highest employment generation over the past three years and the best achievement on key parameters over the last three years such as works taken up, women participation (55%) and 95% of payments through electronic fund management system." 

In the 2015-16 fiscal, employment provided per household was 48 days, which is the highest in the last six years," the rural development ministry said. 

Person days generation is also highest in the last three years i.e. 227 crore so far, it added. 

At 95 per cent, the percentage of utilization of person days agreed in the labour budget was also the highest in the last four years, according to the rural development ministry.

The ministry also detailed the steps taken to link payment of wages to workers under the MGNREGA scheme with Aadhaar. 

"Under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), so far 6.26 crore workers' Aadhaar numbers have been seeded in the programme database out of total 10.4 crore active workers. Steps are also being taken to make the Aadhaar based payments to all workers. As of now 2.36 crore workers have been converted to Aadhaar based payments," the ministry said.

Highlighting the contribution of MGNREGA in the drought-affected parts of the country, the ministry of rural development said it strengthened the programme as a concerted response to tackle agrarian distress and meet the demand for work in these areas, creating durable, income generating assets in the process.

"More than 63% of the total expenditure under MGNREGA in 2015-16 was on agriculture and agriculture allied works. This is the highest expenditure in the sector so far. The number of works taken up was 116 lakh with focus on Natural Resource Management (NRM) and water conservation," the ministry has said.

In drought affected regions of ten states, the ministry expanded the entitlement from 100 to 150 days of work to households. 20.48 lakh households in these regions have availed this opportunity and completed more than 100 days of work. At the National level 44 Lakh number of households have completed 100 days so far.

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MNREGA is being misused in North India by respective state governments.
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Detailing the road map for 2016-17, the ministry said it will focus on maintaining the momentum gained in employment generation while also streamlining work execution.

"The utilization of the approved labour budget will be achieved, responding to the demand for work across the states. Further, we will be closely monitoring the targets of 5 lakh farm ponds/dug wells and 10 lakh vermi/Nadep composting pits which are expected to create massive irrigation potential in the country and increase income of workers and farmers," the ministry said.

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