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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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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

9952 - Direct benefit transfer seen reducing zero-balance accounts in PM scheme - Hindu Businessline


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Of the 21.68 crore accounts opened under Jan Dhan Yojana, 26% have nil balance
NEW DELHI, MAY 8:  

With all government welfare schemes switching to the direct benefit transfer (DBT) regime soon, the Centre is hopeful that the high incidence of zero-balance accounts in the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana will come down substantially.

“With more people becoming beneficiaries under the DBT and receiving cash transfers, there should be a significant reduction in zero balance or no-activity accounts under the PMJDY,” said a senior government official.

Insurance cover under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Suraksha Yojana is also linked to these accounts and will improve the transaction status, the official added. The issue of zero balance accounts has dogged the government’s ambitious financial inclusion scheme that was launched in August 2014, with critics pointing out that bank accounts are not sufficient if there is no activity associated with them. Of the 21.68 crore bank accounts opened under the PMJDY scheme, a quarter or 26.39 per cent have zero balance. In the past one year, zero-balance accounts have substantially reduced from a level of 45 per cent in September 2015 with schemes such as DBT PAHAL or cash transfer for cooking gas kicking off.

Linking mobile numbers

The Finance Ministry has also asked banks to link mobile numbers and speed up Aadhaar seeding of beneficiary accounts with the passage of the Aadhaar Bill in Parliament. “This will also help the DBT programme by verifying the beneficiaries identity and improve the pace of financial transactions,” said the official.

At present, just 9.68 accounts are seeded with Aadhaar numbers.

59 schemes

The government had transferred ₹61,824.30 crore through DBT in 59 schemes to beneficiary accounts in 2015-16. Of this, transfer towards Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme was ₹ 25,861.77 crore, and ₹21,421 crore for DBT PAHAL. The government has now decided to include all Central sector schemes as well as third party transactions such as payments to workers under various schemes through the DBT.
(This article was published on May 8, 2016