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.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

10098 - Deadline to link bank a/cs to Aadhaar nears

Newton Sequeira | TNN | Jun 3, 2016, 06.39 AM IST

Panaji: The Union ministry of finance has written to banks in Goa asking them to ensure that all bank accounts opened under the Pradhan mantri jan-dhan yojana (PMJDY) are linked to valid Aadhaar cards by June 30, 2016. The central government has asked banks to hold awareness drives and camps to ensure that the task is completed by the end of the month.
The department of financial services of the Union ministry of finance has asked banks and the state department of rural development to hold joint camps across the state to ensure that all Jan-Dhan bank accounts are seeded with Aadhaar numbers. PMJDY is a national mission for financial inclusion to ensure access to financial services, like, banking/savings and deposit accounts, remittance, credit, insurance and pension in an affordable manner.
Given that monsoons are around the corner and the short deadline looming, bankers in the state are in a rush to meet the deadline. "It is impossible to achieve (the deadline) in such a short time. There was always a directive to link Aadhaar cards to bank accounts. They are just trying to expedite the process and I don't think they will keep to the deadline. It is simply not possible," a representative of a major bank in Goa said.
This is not the first time that the Union government has sought to ensure 100% seeding of Aadhaar to the Jan-Dhan accounts. On February 12, assistant general manager for outreach at state bank of India (SBI) led a discussion on financial inclusion in the state where he urged banks to make efforts to ensure 100% Aadhaar seeding as 95% of Goa had already been covered by the Aadhaar project. Bankers had stated that seeding with Aadhaar had not been completed since customers held multiple bank accounts.
"Each bank will find its own way to meet the target. They can put out advertisements, go to panchayats," a state bank of India official said.
The department of financial services has advised all banks to ensure that adequate publicity material, banners and posters are displayed at branches and bank mitra outlets. It has also asked banks to coordinate with the department of rural development to complete the task.
"The state bankers have assured me that they will come up with a plan. We have all the equipment ready. If we put things in the right place and put the right people we can achieve it. It is possible," director, department of rural development, Vassudev Shetye said.
Banks have also been asked to focus on seeding of mobile numbers in bank accounts in accordance with reserve bank of India (RBI) guidelines. "The state government has also been requested to send customized SMS to beneficiaries of various direct benefit transfer schemes," a source said.
Banks in Goa have managed to seed 63.08% or 90,788 Jan-Dhan bank accounts to Aadhaar card numbers.