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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

9885 - Despite PMO order against smart cards, Rajasthan to go ahead with Bhamashah - Indian Rxpress


The card is linked to a bank account and is opened in the name of a female member of the family, thereby, recognising her as the head of the household, unlike the traditional male-headed PDS/ration card systems.

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Published:April 25, 2016 4:26 am

The PMO has recently directed the state governments to do away with smart cards and link all service delivery to Aadhaar. However, the Rajasthan government has decided to go ahead with its Bhamashah card.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s flagship Bhamashah financial inclusion-cum-service delivery scheme is based on the biometric authentication like Aadhaar and has the family, instead of the individual, as the central beneficiary.

The card is linked to a bank account and is opened in the name of a female member of the family, thereby, recognising her as the head of the household, unlike the traditional male-headed PDS/ration card systems.

Using the Bhamashah card, the state government intends to deliver financial as well as non-financial services, including cashless health cover for over 4.5 crore Rajasthanis. The state government feels that both the cards — Aadhaar and Bhamashah — are complementary to each other and the directive on Aadhaar does not mean an end to Bhamashah. “For us, Aadhaar means another layer of validation, over and above the Bhamashah card,” state planning secretary Akhil Arora told The Indian Express. According to him, both the cards will work together to contribute to more efficient last-mile delivery of services offered by the government. “We have been capturing Aadhaar data for every Bhamashah beneficiary from Day one. That means the beneficiaries’ Aadhaar information will be integrated with the Bhamashah card. Our card takes care of beneficiaries’ privacy concerns as well as concerns regarding change in the family profile,” he said. Since it’s a family-based card, unlike the individual beneficiary-based Aadhaar, Bhamashah card allows automatic updating of changes in family profile, including addition of new members to the card following marriage or birth. The PMO directive – issued recently after Aadhaar received legal backing with the passage of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, benefits and services) Act last month – has asked the state and central departments to do away with issuing new smart cards. The directive asked state governments and Central departments to review various smart card-based schemes and link all service delivery and welfare schemes to the Aadhaar card. The order has reportedly got several ministries worried about rolling out smart card-based schemes already planned by them. The government of Rajasthan, however, is not worried about the PMO’s advice. The Bhamashah card already has 1,16,51,419 families with 4,06,58,247 members registered on the platform. The government claims the card has already recorded 3,00,52,241 transactions worth over Rs 1,602 crore. Besides financial inclusion and health cover, the other services to be offered through the Bhamashah platform are NREGA payments, social security and old age pensions, student scholarships, Janani Suraksha Yojana incentive, among others. With the state government planning to use the Bhamashah and Aadhaar cards in tandem, the ball is now in the PMO’s court. 

- See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/jaipur/despite-pmo-order-against-smart-cards-rajasthan-to-go-ahead-with-bhamashah/#sthash.g98bPkgG.dpuf