Congress today expressed its disappointment over the Narendra Modi Government's performance during its two-year regime and asserted that the Prime Minister himself has exposed the hollowness of his own claims by messing upon every front.
"Mr Narendra Modi came to power on the back of promising phenomenal economic growth,..the nation believed him,..but, over the last 2 years he has exposed the hollowness of his own claims by messing upon every front", the principal opposition party said in a communique.
For instance, exports have been falling continuously for the last 17 months and Indian Rupee value dipped as low as Rs 68 per US Dollar, the party said adding "But, the Government has no answers".
Under his tenure, there has been a simple re-packaging of old Congress led UPA legislations like GST, Real Estate Bill and Insurance Bill..,..It bears noting that the BJP opposed each of these when in Opposition and changed its views the moment they sat on Treasury benches, as was clearly evident from its volte face on Aadhaar and MGNREGA", the party said. The Modi Government has proven itself to be one that is devoid of any original thinking and has based itself totally on rhetoric and inaction.
At the start itself, in 2014, the Modi administration had run out of ideas. So, they borrowed heavily from UPA's tenure..,..from the Direct Benefit Transfer and Aadhaar schemes, the recently re-branded Jan Dhan Yojana, to the Goods and Services Tax, FDI in Insurance and Real Estate Regulation Bill, Modi Government picked up schemes and legislation of Congress led UPA, it claimed in the communique. "Their mind worked faster when it came to "managing headlines", rather than doing real work. The first act of the Modi Government was to change the methodology by which GDP was calculated..,..It was through this number jugglery that BJP claimed 7 per cent plus GDP growth rates", the party quipped.
''Under this regime, industrial growth has slowed down to a dismal 2 per cent for the current fiscal..,..this has had its impact on the manufacturing sector, which saw negative index of industrial production(IIP) numbers for 3 months in November, December and January.
''Exports have been falling for the last 17 months, and there seems no respite in sight. Modi Government's inaction on this front has hurt manufacturing and job creation.
''An economy is only abstract numbers on a sheet, unless it translates into jobs & income. Modi Government came to power promising 2 crore jobs a year. In 2015, Mr Modi, with all his wonderful rhetoric, could only deliver 1.35 lakh jobs. This coupled with his complete abandoning of the Indian farmers has left the common man completely out in the dust,'' the party alleged. "The unimaginative and sub-par performance by the BJP Government and Mr Modi has come when the international crude price is at historic lows.,..To hide its poor performance, the Government has constantly been increasing tax on crude, and making windfall profits..,..This is done to hide the fact that shortfall of Direct Tax Collection has been Rs 64,000 crore and profits for private companies have been dismal", the Opposition party further said.
"Who does this Government work for? Schemes like Smart City sound wonderful, but it stops there..,..PM Modi's Government does not have a sustainable model for economic development. India's governance seems to be running on an ad-hoc basis", the Congress said.
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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
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
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.