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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

9877 - Govt. casts Aadhaar net wider at banks - The Hindu

NEW DELHI, April 22, 2016


Govt. casts Aadhaar net wider at banks

The Supreme Court had allowed using Aadhaar for programmes including Jan Dhan Yojana — FILE PHOTO

All accounts receiving subsidies to be treated as Jan Dhan accounts

The government will treat all bank accounts receiving government subsidies as Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) accounts in a bid to widen the scope of Aadhaar, according to a senior ministry official working for the Information Technology department.

“In banking terms, there is nothing called as a Jan Dhan account (under PMJDY). Either there is savings, deposits or current account. So, if tomorrow we say all the beneficiary account is a Jan Dhan account, we are protected by the Supreme Court order. We have told the department of financial services (in Finance Ministry) to treat all accounts getting benefits from the consolidated fund of India be treated as Jan Dhan accounts,” the official told The Hindu.

Bank accounts of all those who didn’t have a previous account was named as a Jan Dhan account when the PMJDY scheme was launched, the official said.

The Supreme Court, in an interim ruling last year, had allowed using Aadhaar, a unique identification number, for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the PMJDY, and pension schemes of states and the Centre.

Although a legal backing to the Aadhaar number has been secured in the Parliament, the government had recently said that it will approach the Supreme Court to widen the use of Aadhaar number for new schemes since the matter is pending before a Constitutional Bench at present.

“One of the core issues of concern articulated in the court was that we don’t have a legal backing for Aadhaar. I think there is a proper law now. “We will persuade the SC to release more avenues for using Aadhaar,” IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said at a press conference earlier this month while announcing that over 100 crore people have an Aadhaar number now.
Meanwhile, the government is creating a single household database of citizens, known as social security platform, in a bid to identify government scheme beneficiaries.
An inter-ministerial meeting was held in the Cabinet Secretariat recently, officials said, and a concept note on the social security platform was circulated.
Since most of the benefits are household entitlements, government will integrate the Aadhaar numbers with the National Population Register (NPR) data and Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) data to create a family database along with the socio-economic profile of the beneficiary, officials said.