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


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


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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

9948 - RTE seat allotment not free of glitches yet - The Hindu

BENGALURU, May 8, 2016

Trying their luck:Children inaugurating the online draw of lots for RTE seat allotment along with Ajay Seth, Principal Secretary, Department of Primary and Secondary Education, in Bengaluru on Saturday.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Department has not been able to weed out duplicate applications
Despite introducing a slew of measures to “tighten” the verification system, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has still not been able to weed out duplicate applications for the Right to Education (RTE) Act quota seats in unaided schools.
The online process of RTE quota seat allotment this year was not free of glitches. The draw of lots for allotment of 1.15 lakh seats (LKG and class 1) across the State was held on Saturday.
Of the 2.74 lakh applications submitted, nearly 1.87 lakh were categorised as eligible for the draw of lots. Nearly 87,000 applications were rejected owing to duplication and errors in either Aadhaar or Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) details. For the first time, the department this year had asked respective agencies to verify the income, caste, Aadhaar and EPIC details of the applicants. Prior to this, DPI officials used to verify these documents.
In spite of taking these steps, the department said there are at least 12,000 duplicate applications.
Nearly 7,000 parents whose applications were initially approved by the department got SMSs two days ago stating that their applications were not valid and that they had only a few hours to rectify them.
Sources in the department, who acknowledged that there was “scope for improvement” in the entire system, said the applications of these 7,000 parents were considered valid provisionally and the parents would have to update their details if a seat is allotted to their child.
Although the draw of lots was conducted on Saturday, parents had not got the confirmation SMS from the department until late on Saturday night.
Another chance

Meanwhile, parents who failed to apply for RTE quota seats or whose children failed to obtain seats under the quota can apply for around 8,000 seats that have received no applications.
The 8,000 seats are in 300 schools which received no application at all and in 1,342 schools which received fewer applications than the number of seats.
Ajay Seth, Principal Secretary, Department of Primary and Secondary Education, said that fresh applications could be submitted for these seats but in their respective municipal ward only.
Mr. Seth said that helpline would be available for parents to complain if private schools demand fee for children who obtain seats under the quota.

Fact sheet
Nearly 2.74 lakh applications were submitted
Of them, nearly 1.87 lakh were categorised as eligible for the draw of lots
87,000 applications rejected owing to duplication and errors in either Aadhaar or EPIC details