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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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Sunday, May 1, 2016

9874 - Punjab plans to spend 3541.73 crore on Flagship Education Schemes this year - Punjab Express


April 21, 2016 04:44 PM

Punjab News Express

CHANDIGARH : State of Punjab today finalized plan to spend Rs. 3541 crore on flagship education schemes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rasthriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan( RMSA) ,Mid-day Meal scheme. Approval for Annual Work Plan/ Budget for these flagship schemes for year 2016-17 was accorded during the Executive Committee meeting of these schemes held under the chairmanship of Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal, Chief Secretary Punjab.

Under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan scheme, Rs. 1770.96 crore are planned to be spent on various component of the schemes including Rs. 541 crore on teachers’ salary, Rs. 344 crore on Additional classrooms, Rs. 200 crore on civil works, Rs. 64.69 crores on Toilets and Drinking water, Rs. 160 crore on Academic Support, Rs. 63 crore on Computer Aided learning, Rs. 64 crore on uniforms.

It was decided to issue children school uniform specifications to all the schools for final procurement. The services of Punjabi University Patiala shall be used to analyze the State Level Achievement Survey (SLAS) report and to suggest the future plans to Education department. Chief Secretary was informed that department has developed websites namely ssapunjab.org and epunjabschool.gov.in wherein all the information related to education department is uploaded. Various applications like SSA, RMSA, MDM monitoring, Grievance disposal, Health check up monitoring system etc are hosted on these websites and Applications are being developed for mobile governance in department.

SCERT has been entrusted with the work to prepare syllabus for introduction of digital knowledge in primary classes. All 418 Inclusive Education Resource Teachers, 15644 Primary and upper school teachers and 150 Master trainers have been trained on teaching children with different type of disabilities. During the next year, it has been planned to open one residential school with all special education facilities.

Under RMSA scheme, Rs. 1422 crore shall be spent across the State including Rs. 152 crore on Additional classrooms, 47 integrated science labs, 66 libraries, 87 Art & Craft rooms, 535 toilets, teachers’ salaries of upgraded schools and meritorious schools, Rs. 322 crore on ICT, Rs. 20 crore on Inclusive Education, Rs. 33 crore on Girls hostels and Rs. 240 crore on vocational education. Some of the last year achievements included completion of 236 upgraded schools, 964 Additional classrooms, 1114 integrated science labs, 1725 libraries. School Management System has been implemented in all 90 proposed schools of the State. 

Under Mid-day meal scheme the plan to spend Rs. 348.33 crore was approved to be submitted to Government of India. The plan included mid-day meal to 9, 81,887 primary students and 7, 06,507 upper primary students. The total plan cost included Rs. 209 crore on cooking cost, Rs. 59 crore on cooks’ honorarium, Rs. 26 crore on cost of food grains etc. Software has been developed for sending advance messages to school in-charges and students regarding the visit of Health teams. 19508 schools have been visited by the health check-up teams.

Chief Secretary directed the department to send utilization certificates of all the funds spent to Government of India so that the next year funds can be received on time. He further directed the DGSE to run school level campaigns to complete the Aadhaar enrolment of the students. The integration of Aadhaar with various schemes shall result in elimination of bogus students if any especially in Mid-day meal scheme