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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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Saturday, June 4, 2016

10087 - Gehlot asks state agencies to further simplify the lending procedures for rehabilitation of Scheduled Castes, Safai Karamcharis and Backward Classes - Business Standard


Delhi 
June 1, 2016 Last Updated at 00:21 IST


Gehlot asks state agencies to further simplify the lending procedures for rehabilitation of Scheduled Castes, Safai Karamcharis and Backward Classes 

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India organized a meeting of the State Channelizing Agencies (SCAs) of its Apex Corporations i.e. National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC), National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC) and National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation here today to review the performance of SCAs and to discuss action plan for the current year. 

The meeting was chaired by Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment. During the meeting, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar and Shri Vijay Sampla, Ministers of State, SJE, Smt. Anita Agnihotri, Secretary, SJ&E, Shri Arun Kumar, Addl. Secretary, SJ&E and senior officers of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, CMD/MDs of Apex Corporations and officers from the States representing the State Channelizing Agencies (SCAs) of Apex Corporations participated in the meeting. 

During the meeting, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot launched two new schemes of NSFDC i.e. Reimbursement of Membership and Annual fee to SCAs for Membership of Credit Information Companies (CICs) for the SCAs" which will help them to create credit History of the SC beneficiaries and another scheme National Award for Performance Excellence (NAPE)" which will motivate the SCAs to perform better and will also create healthy competition. 

The Minister appreciated the efforts made by NBCFDC for associating with North Eastern Development Finance Corporation (NEDFI) which will help in extending financial assistance to the beneficiaries in the far off areas of the Northern Eastern States., Referring the Commercial Motor Driving Training Programme for women, initiated by NSKFDC, the Minister advised the SCAs to conduct similar programmes in major cities in their States. 

While reviewing the performance of the corporations, it was observed that National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC) disbursed Rs. 270.27 crore to 70,885 beneficiaries in the year 2014-15 and disbursed Rs. 378.94 crore to 71,915 beneficiaries in the year 2015-16. Under the Skill development training programme, NSFDC provided training to 13,258 SC youth in 2014-15 and to 14,805 SC youth in 2015-16. 

The National Safai Karmachari Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC) disbursed Rs. 134.05 crore to 19,434 beneficiaries in the year 2014-15 and disbursed Rs. 156.91 crore to 19334 beneficiaries in the year 2015-16. Under the Skill development training programme, NSKFDC provided training to 8,750 youth in 2014-15 and to 9,600 youth in 2015-16. NSKFDC have released onetime cash assistance of Rs. 40,000 each to 10,728 identified manual scavengers and also sanctioned 537 proposals of comprehensive rehabilitation and 2417 proposals of skill development training upto 31.05.2016. 

National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation (NBCFDC) disbursed Rs. 286.80 crore to 1,66,693 beneficiaries in 2014-15 and Rs. 315.012 crore to 1,80,158 beneficiaries in 2015-16. Under Skill Development Training Programme, NBCFDC provided training to 15,146 youth in 2015-16 as against 11,410 youth in 2014-15. 

The Minister emphasized the need for simplifying the lending procedures so that the funds could be disbursed to the beneficiaries in the shortest possible time, He also asked SCAs to standardize their operations, adopt best practices, re-orient their strategies, adopt efficient mechanism for transfer of funds through online system so that we parking of funds could be avoided and ensure prompt delivery of services to the target group for their socio-economic development. 

The Minister said that Government of India is very keen to move towards a cashless society through the JAM Trinity (Jan Dhan Account, Aadhaar Number & Mobile Number). Therefore, the SCAs should help the beneficiaries in getting enrolled for the Aadhaar Numbers at the nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centers or e-Aadhaar enrolment. The SCAs should computerize their accounts and ensure direct transfer of loans in the Aadhaar seeded bank accounts of the beneficiaries and also maintain and upload the database on their websites linked with the Apex Corporations. 

Shri Gehlot emphasized the need for wide publicity of the schemes of the Ministry so that the target group could be made aware of the schemes and get motivated to avail the benefits of the schemes for their socio-economic upliftment. Further, the Minister emphasized that the SCAs should come forward with innovative Skill Development Training Programmes so that the objective of Skill India Mission could be achieved by providing training to maximum number of members of the target groups of Apex Corporations for enhancement of their capabilities for better job/self-employment so that they can also join hands in the development of nation. The Minister also stressed the need for all out efforts for immediate rehabilitation of the identified Manual Scavengers in job/self-employment, as it is national priority to eradicate manual scavenging and rehabilitation of identified manual scavengers.