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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

10070 - Soon, ID proof must to place matrimonial ads online - Hindustan Times


  • Moushumi Das Gupta, Hindustan Times, New DelhiUpdated: May 30, 2016 08:38 IST
An Aadhaar card or a driving licence or any government-approved identity proof will soon be required to place matrimonial advertisements on websites.

The user will also have to give an undertaking to the online service provider, confirming his intent to enter into a matrimonial alliance, before he registers on such sites.
These are part of the draft guidelines finalized by the government to regulate matrimonial websites check growing instances of men setting up fake online profiles to cyber stalk or dupe women.

“The guidelines, which are in line with the Information Technology Act, 2000, will be notified soon by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology,” said a government official.

Presently these websites only ask for cell phone numbers of people who put their profiles and do phone verification only.

According to the guidelines, matrimonial websites will have to publish on its site the name of the grievance officer and his contact details along with the complaint redressal mechanism that will be made available to any victim.
The government had to step in with growing instances of men setting up fake profiles on such sites. It was women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi who first raised this issue in 2014 after her ministry was inundated with complaints from women who were cheated while looking for grooms online.
Gandhi had met senior representatives of leading websites such as Bharat Matrimony and Jeevansathi.com and suggested that they strengthen security features of their respective sites to prevent such fraud.
“In most cases victims are women who fall prey to these fraudsters after getting introduced through fake profiles on matrimonial portal. There is a need for strengthening protective measures for all users of such websites,” a government official said.
The draft guidelines, made after consultations with leading matrimonial websites, will also require that such websites store the IP address of profile creation and access logs for a period of one year from the date of account deactivation by a user.
The websites will have to caution users against possible fraudsters who ask for favours, money, etc. and other possible misuses as known to or reported to the matrimonial websites. “Registered users will be encouraged to report any fraudulent activity to such websites as well as to law enforcing agencies,” the draft guideline states.