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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

9975 - Here’s why you need not go to your bank - First Post


May 11, 2016 17:53 IST

What is the fastest thing you can do in 2 minutes? Cook your favourite cup of noodles or switch on your computer?

Well, what if we say you can open a fresh bank account from scratch in less than 2 minutes - just 90 seconds to be precise.
Banking? Wait! Are we talking about tremendous paperwork, signatures until you twist your wrist, safeguarding cheques, memorising multiple passwords or waiting for the one-time password?

It is time to wipe out the conventional image of banks and replace this with digibank from DBS, where you can open a bank account faster than you can make a cup of tea.
With the launch of this mobile-only bank, using the mighty old pen, filling in paper slips to transfer money to your mom or cutting a cheque leaf to pay the rent are things of the past. There aren’t any papers required, not even to note down one-time passwords.

No OTPs too? Yes, we reiterate no OTPs are needed.  If you are fretting about the security, then it’s time to put the fears to rest right away. A dynamic inbuilt security feature ensures authentication is automatic once you register your device.
Rubbing your eyes in disbelief and thinking it is only for the uber rich who can stash all their wealth in the account? You are mistaken again. digibank unshackles you from the clutches of minimum account balances and restrictions on cash withdrawals at automated-teller-machines (ATMs). You can keep as little as Re 1 in your account and you wouldn’t have to give the closest ATM a miss to avoid unnecessary charges. Take your pick from any of the 2 lakh plus ATMs around the country and withdraw at ease.
And if you wish to beat your friends hands down on who earns the most on their savings bank account, digibank – which offers 7% interest on the account balance – is your way to do it.
We aren’t talking about things dreams are made of. The growing ubiquity of mobile phones, riding on the back of social infrastructure in the country has made it possible for DBS to move beyond the brick-and-mortar structure and thus pass on the benefits to end users – the account holders.
Elaborating on how tremendous savings with a host of value-added features were possible, Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS, says, “We have been able to streamline our technology that is robust, reliable and works efficiently in multiple domains, both geographically and functionally. For the past couple of years, we have been using our technological strength and marrying it with the way humans think to create human-centred designs.”
Piggybacking on this technology, DBS has been able to swiftly offer digibank account holders rewards and deals on the go, while they shop, dine at their favourite restaurant, avoiding the necessity to sift through hundreds of deals.
Asked how DBS has been able to make the mobile-only model work, Gupta says, “The unique public infrastructure available in India in the form of Aadhaar enabled e-KYC framework, e-signatures and digital locker along with the Unified Payment Interface enables a high level of digitisation. Leveraging this architecture, we have created digibank, which allows you to live more and bank less.”
You would surely have jumped out of your bed after reading this, but you need not step out of it to open the account. All you need to do is download digibank on your mobile phone, key in your Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number. While at the café, you can also verify your Aadhaar at the biometric devices station across 500 locations, initially.
So, go to your favourite spa, play the game that you always wanted to and live your life and strike banking off your 'To-Do' list with digibank on your Smartphone.
While you are dining, if you exceed your set food budget limits, the Intuitive Budget Optimizer would warn you too ensuring you never run out of money.
So, throw away your pens and papers and un-bank it with digibank.