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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

10061 - Modinomics has made India a stronger economy today - Daily O



In the last two years, our ranking in terms of 'global competitiveness' and 'ease of doing business' has jumped by leaps and bounds.

Sanju Verma

Comparisons can be odious and yet they abound, especially in the case of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His perception is subjective to the different socioeconomic sections that view him through their own characteristic lenses.

It is, however, the uniqueness of "Modinomics" that runs through these perceptions. For, PM Modi welcomes FDI in insurance, railways, food processing, banks, retail, defence, etc, and yet he very well knows the importance of agriculture in Indian economy.

It is this emphasis for the farm sector that explains why his government has earmarked more than Rs 87,000 crore in the Budget for rural India and an additional Rs 2.2 lakh crore will be the government's spending on infrastructure in 2016-17.
Doubling farm incomes by 2022 and housing for all are not jumlas, as naysayers would have us believe. PM Modi has already taken the ambitious step of dismantling APMCs (agricultural produce market committee) and launching, e-NAM (e-National Agriculture Market) which will initially cover 21 wholesale markets in eight states across 585 mandis and gradually spread out a la Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, etc.

Pradhan Matri Jan Dhan Yojana is one of the many inititaives taken by Modi sarkar to empower the masses. (PTI)
In contrast, all that an inept Congress-led UPA government did for the farming class was to keep doling lucrative MSP (minimum support prices) hikes year after year when statistically it has been proven that the benefits of MSPs rarely reached the small and marginal farmers.

Big farmers and middlemen looted the MSP bonuses and leakages in some cases were as high as 60 per cent. The MSP hikes only led to higher inflation with rich farmers getting richer, while the poor getting poorer.

Targeting subsidies through JAM trinity (Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar and Mobile number) and DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) will ensure money from government coffers reaches those who need it most.


These moves, howsoever small-ticket moves they may seem, have improved the country's economic outlook. So much so that the likes of S&P and Moody's have upgraded India's economic outlook from stable to positive, which is a far cry from 2012 when S&P had downgraded India's outlook to negative.
In the last two years, India's ranking in terms of "global competitiveness" and "ease of doing business" has jumped by leaps and bounds.

More than $95 billion in FDI in last two years is a towering testimony to how the Modi juggernaut is transforming India.
Also, Startup India has given entrepreneurs a fresh lease of life, even as Mudra Bank has empowered lives of over three crore ordinary individuals.
Modi baiters have often opined that "Modinomics" is inequitable and anti-minorities.

This is nothing but a bunch of concocted lies. Even as the Gujarat CM, Modi's growth model boasted of lowest poverty ratio amongst Muslims at just 7.7 per cent.
Infant mortality rates had reduced to below 38 per cent versus the national average of more than 41 per cent. Five crore LPG connections to women by 2019 and the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, which secures the financial emancipation of the girl child, are just a few examples of how "Modinomics" marries compassion with economic sagacity.
Critics have also slammed Modi for "jobless growth", which is again a myth. Ten lakh youth have already got enrolled with 70 per cent having completed their training for taking up meaningful jobs, under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana.
By 2017, 24 lakh youth would have got jobs as part of the Skill India mission. World Bank says that every ten per cent rise in broadband penetration leads to 1.38 per cent growth in GDP, with creation of millions of jobs. The Modi government has already started the process of digitising 2,50,000 gram panchayats.

Broadband users have risen from 60 million to 120 million in barely two years and internet users have grown to 400 million from less than 150 million in 2014.
A knowledge economy that "Modinomics" is working towards, will not only bridge the urban-rural divide but also create at least five crore new jobs in next few years.
Under the UPA, India had a lost decade as growth fell from nine per cent to below five per cent, industrial growth came down to barely 0.5 per cent, consumer inflation soared to above 11 per cent, and fiscal deficit was well over four per cent.
Under Modi, growth has risen to 7.6 per cent and heading north, current account deficit is 1.3 per cent and heading south, consumer inflation is below four per cent, and fiscal deficit is sub four per cent.
And, to top it all, we have a balance of payments surplus with record forex reserves at $360 billion and growing.
In two years, India is not only more vibrant and strong economically, but also the world now takes us much more seriously than ever before.
And it's just the beginning of "achhe din" PM Modi has promised.
(Courtesy of Mail Today.)
*The copy was updated on May 30, 2016.