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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 15, 2016

9970 - Aadhaar Bill: Centre opposes Jairam Ramesh PIL in SC - Indian Express


He also objected to the PIL on the ground that there was no violation of any fundamental right of the Congress leader and hence a writ petition under Article 32 was not maintainable.

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh. (Express photo)

MAINTAINING THAT the Speaker’s decision was not amenable to judicial review, the central government Tuesday opposed a PIL filed by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, who has challenged the decision to treat Aadhaar Bill as a money Bill. The Bill was passed during the Budget session in March after overruling the amendments moved in the Rajya Sabha.

Defending the Speaker’s decision, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur that Ramesh’s petition could not be entertained since the Speaker’s views on whether or not to treat a Bill as money Bill was not open to judicial reviews and that there was a complete immunity to such proceedings inside Parliament.

He also objected to the PIL on the ground that there was no violation of any fundamental right of the Congress leader and hence a writ petition under Article 32 was not maintainable.

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Countering the submissions, Ramesh’s counsel P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal argued that the issues involved were too serious to be thrown out on the mere ground that the petition was not maintainable under Article 32. “The court should consider whether this is a money Bill and lay down guidelines on what should be a money Bill or not,” Chidambaram said.
At this, the bench sought to know from them why this matter could not be heard by the Delhi High Court but Chidambaram said that the apex court should decide the issues once and for all.
The bench then asked Ramesh’s counsel to submit a note of their submissions and case laws and adjourned the hearing for July.
Ramesh had moved the court against the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, calling it unconstitutional. Once the Lok Sabha passes a money Bill with or without amendments recommended by the Rajya Sabha, it is deemed to have been passed by both the Houses. It is generally believed that Speaker’s discretion is final in the matter.
But in his petition, Ramesh said that Aadhaar cannot be a money Bill under the constitutional provisions since the Act contains a substantial number of provisions that do not pertain to matters described as admissible under a money Bill. He added that the introduction of the Aadhaar Act as a money Bill was a brazen and malafide attempt to bypass the approval of the Rajya Sabha, which holds an important place in the Constitutional and democratic framework of law-making.

- See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/aadhaar-bill-centre-opposes-jairam-ramesh-pil-in-supreme-court-2794247/#sthash.Djr9jWU5.dpuf