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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

Special

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.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

9875 - Niti Aayog Finalizes Action Plan For India’s Double Digit Growth - Tele Analysis

By Pravin Prashant April 22, 2016, 6:35 am





Niti Aayog has finalized action plan based on 8 themes proposed by group of secretaries to see that India’s GDP grows at 10 percent year after year.
The eight themes finalized by group of secretaries are: Accelerated growth with inclusion and equity; employment generation strategies; health and education; good governance; farmer centric issues in agriculture & allied sectors; swachh bharat and ganga rejuvenation; energy conservation & efficiency and innovative budgeting and effective implementation.
Niti Aayog has created an action-plan based on 8 themes finalized by group of secretaries so that the country’s economy reaches $10 trillion economy with no poverty in 2032.
Accelerated Growth with Inclusion and Equity: More than 2 lakh crore investment in roads and railways (FY17), complete 10,000 Kms of road projects (FY17), upgradation of 50,000 Kms of state highways into national highways and increase rural tele-density to 100 percent by 2020.
Employment Generation: Linking all employment exchanges with e-platform (National Career Service) (March, 2017) and to place skill gap analysis of 600 districts on official website of MSME by April 2016.
Health and Education: Opening up of 3,000 Jan-Ausadhi centres in the country (FY17), opening of 62 new Navodaya Vidyalayas (FY17), promotion of medical tourism and creating an enabling regulatory architecture for creation of world class research and teaching institutions (FY17).
Good Governance: Introduce bill to amend the Companies Act, 2013 (FY17), setup online procurement platform via FCI (FY17) and repeal 1,053 archaic laws pending for Parliament approval (FY17). Nation-wide toll collection system (September, 2016), broadband connectivity through optical fibre for all gram panchayats (December, 2018), last mile mobile connectivity using space technology (June, 2017) and 175 million broadband connections (2017).
Farmer Centric Issues in Agriculture & Allied Sectors: Setup long term irrigation fund in NABARD (FY17), bring 14 crore farms under soil health card scheme (FY18), organic farming via Parmparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (FY19), distribution of HYV seeds and technical know-how to entire country (FY17) and online order of farming equipment and products via post offices (FY18).
The government will also focus on integration of digitized record of rights (RoR), cadastral maps and registration process in 30 new districts (FY17) and creation of crop genetic enhancement network (FY18). Operationalisation of 4 mega food parks, 29 cold chain projects (FY17), implementation of Jal-Mitra concept and 2 lakh solar pumpsets with micro irrigation under PMKSY (Sep – 2016). Pashu-Sanjivani scheme for animals in milk (FY19), E-Pashu haat, portal for bovines & germplasm (FY17), and blue revolution target of 15 MMT fish production (FY20).
Swachh Bharat and Ganga Rejuvenation: Power PSUs to adopt railway stations, schools, bus stands, hospitals, religious, heritage sites for cleanliness (FY17) and development and dissemination of IT tools created for sanitation and SBM (FY17). Develop proof of concept for bio-degradable packaging systems (FY17) and additional waste management facilities in 50,000 villages.
Energy Conservation and Efficiency: Improve fuel efficiency norms for vehicles (FY17) and incentivize construction of energy efficient buildings (FY17). Develop proof of concept for polymer electrolyte membrane based fuel cell to increase efficiency (FY17) and techniques for conversion of municipal solid and liquid waste to energy via creation of demo-plants (FY18).
Innovative Budgeting and Effective Implementation: DBT for fertilizers to improve service delivery (FY17), planning/monitoring of projects using GIS in North Eastern Region (December, 2016). Alignment of corporate tax rates with global average while removing excessive exemptions (FY17).
Aadhaar bill (FY17), seeding of Aadhaar number in 90 percent ration cards (FY17) and PAN made mandatory for all businesses and entities and serve as unique business identifier (FY17).

To implement these 8 themes, Niti Aayog plans to have workshops with all stakeholders say ministries, state government departments, institutions, experts and academics to synergize actions. The government also needs to ensure that the final delivery is at par with global benchmarks.