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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

9890 - Pension schemes to be tied to Aadhaar card - Business Today

Pension schemes to be tied to Aadhaar card

Shashank Shekhar   New Delhi     Last Updated: April 26, 2016  | 11:46 IST

Social security schemes of pensioners will now be linked to their Aadhaar card and data will be made available online.

In order to make the pension disbursal system corruption-free and transparent, Delhi government is going to link social security scheme beneficiaries with their Aadhaar card and make their names public in mohallah sabha and on online platforms.
AAP government will also use Public Financial Management System (PFMS), an online platform that enables real-time tracking of fund disbursement, for transferring money to the beneficiatries' bank accounts.

According to a senior official, the move was taken after several discrepancies like duplicity, ghost accounts and ineligible account holders were found by the department of social welfare.

"We are trying to end duplicity by linking pension beneficiaries with Aadhar card. The similar process has shown its result in LPG connection, where ghost beneficiaries are now almost negligible. This will bring an end to duplicity and ghost beneficiaries drawing government's money," the senior officer said adding that the process of linking accounts have begun, as one-third beneficiaries have furnished their details and rest will be completed soon.

In another path-breaking move AAP government will make the names of all beneficiaries public through their mohalla sabha and online platform and common people will help in keeping a check on the ineligible holders.

"We will also attempt putting a new cross-checking system in place by making names of pension holders public during each mohalla sabha. If a sabha is being held in Patparganj then a list of all the pensioners will be on display. The public will help in checking the authenticity of holders. In case of any dispute, documents will be checked and if found invalid, then accounts will be cancelled," the officer explained.

Data of beneficiaries will be also available online in the public domain.

MAIL TODAY recently reported that the Delhi government's Public Grievance Commission (PGC) asked department of social welfare to file a status report, which stated that a pensioner, Murti Devi, was receiving old-age financial assistance since 2008 but it was stopped as she was found to be under age as per the details of her voter ID on the Chief Electoral Office website.

After finding cases where old-age pensions were being drawn wrongly, the PGC has directed Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to investigate these cases and directed the social welfare departments to take strict measures to check such frauds.

Representatives of the department stated that more such cases have already been unearthed and in over 800 pensions have been stopped.