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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, May 31, 2016

10059 -Delhi police to set up tourist cell, all-women band - Asian Age

Setting up a tourist police cell and an all-women band, effective use of Aadhaar cards, maintaining a data bank of all government employees, converting the Police Training College to the Delhi Police University and preparing digital version of policing with help of professionals are some of the priority areas that the Delhi police will be working on in the near future. In an action taken report sent to the Union home ministry, the Delhi police said that its traffic unit was utilising the services of school and college students to impart education on traffic rules in the city.
The report has been prepared by the Delhi police in wake of a conference of the DGPs and IGs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will complete two years in office on Saturday. According to the report, the police force would not only broaden the scope of joint exercises with the neighbouring states, but would also hold state-level conferences in which chief ministers, home ministers and home secretaries could also participate.
On the concept of the smart police propounded by Mr Modi, the Delhi police said the same was being implemented in letter and spirit. “However, for focused future planning, a committee has been formed that has been tasked to set targets and timelines and a vision document for Delhi 2025.”
The report said that a proposal for creation of the tourist police cell with adequate staff and proper soft skills was being prepared and the same would be submitted for consideration of the competent authority. The cell is likely to have pan-India similarity in uniform.
At present, there is no system of tourist police in Delhi. There are 10 PCR vans that are reportedly deployed round-the-clock in three shifts at various iconic tourist places. The PCR vans had reportedly attended 3,716 SOS calls and guided and assisted 86,624 tourists till April 15. Information regarding emergency helplines has also been displayed in 4,700 taxis operating around the IGI Airport under the “Be Aware Travel Safe” campaign. The police said the same needed to be done at all bus and railway stations.
On policing parameters for grading police stations, the report said the system prevalent in the Rajasthan police was being studied for feasibility and implementation in the city. The city police has an in-house appraisal system through which three best police stations are selected every year. For the future, it is felt desirable to have a web-based survey/ feedback by which citizen ratings will also have a bearing on the grading.”

The report said that the Delhi police was perhaps the only state police other than Karnataka to have its own cyber highway that provides connectivity to all the police stations. It said that the police force was now examining how to use Aadhaar database for smoother functioning.