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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.

August 24, 2017: The nine-judge Constitution Bench rules that right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty” and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World; indeed it's the only thing that ever has"

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” - Edward Snowden

Special

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.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

9811 - Karnataka lagging behind in Aadhaar enrolment despite being IT state - Economic Times

By Sowmya Aji, ET Bureau | 11 Apr, 2016, 10.40AM IST

Delhi tops the list with 110.2 per cent coverage, including its population and registration of floating population in its Aadhar centres.

BENGALURU: While the Centre is celebrating the achievement of having enrolled over 1 billion citizens under Aadhaar, Karnataka, the home state of the project's envisager, Nandan Nilekani, is ranked a poor 18 in the coverage of its population under the unique id scheme.

While Delhi tops the list with 110.2 per cent coverage, including its population and registration of floating population in its Aadhaar centres, Karnataka, despite its stellar position as IT and e-governance pioneer, has managed to cover only about 84.4 per cent of its 6.45 crore population. The state was ranked 15 in 2014 and has sunk three positions now, though chief minister Siddaramaiah set several deadlines starting with March 2015 for full coverage.

All neighbouring states with the exception of Tamil Nadu are ranked higher than Karnataka, with Telangana standing second in enrollment. Maharashtra, with a much larger population of 11.8 crore and backward states like Jharkhand and Chattisgarh are ranked higher.

Officials directly involved in the process of Aadhaar registration in Karnataka said orders were issued by the education department and the women and child welfare department to enroll children between 0 to 5 and 6 to 16. "If these two areas are covered fully, the Aadhaar enrollment would reach 97 per cent," Rathan U Kelkar, chief executive officer of Karnataka's Centre for E-governance told ET.

The project, so far, was seriously hampered by the lack of a law that made Aadhaar a necessity for all. With the NDA government giving the project a legal sanction by passing the Aadhaar Act as a money bill, officials feel the registration process might be speeded up.

In mid-2015, Karnataka's education department issued a circular making it necessary for every child enrolled in government and private schools to be registered under Aadhaar. This was challenged by parents in several institutions. In government schools also, the registration did not take place at the pace envisaged, due to local logistics and the large nature of task.

Kelkar said that the government was now looking to ensure total coverage of anganwadis, which number over 50,000 in the state and government schools by September. "We had initially aimed for June, but that will require enrollment of over 60,000 a day, which is not logistically possible," he admitted.


The government is also setting up enrollment centres in each of the 198 wards of Bengaluru city in an effort to capture the entire population of over 1 crore along with the floating population that is said to be in the range of about 20 lakh. "We are also reaching out to the differently-abled, the bed-ridden and the elderly by doing tie-ups with NGOs to identify and register them. The last-mile connectivity is taking time, but we are trying to take it up in mission mode and finish it at the earliest," Kelkar said.