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

10100 - Mamata Banerjee Hits Out At Centre For 'Increasing Tax Burden' On People - NDTV

Updated: June 03, 2016 17:01 IST

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said expenses were increasing for the people by means of service tax and cess. (PTI file photo)

KOLKATA:  West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today hit out at the Centre for "increasing tax burden" on people and making Aadhaar card mandatory for getting benefit of government schemes.

Ms Banerjee said expenses were increasing for the people by means of service tax and cess.

Even the bill for mediclaim has increased from Rs.17,000 to Rs.30,000, she said and criticised the Centre for Aadhaar cards, saying that 20-30 per cent people still did not have the cards.

She said poor people would be deprived of the benefits and money from government schemes if they don't have the card.

After the first administrative review meeting of the new government, Ms Banerjee said she had given instructions to restart all development work which had remained stalled for the last few months due to the Assembly polls.

In the last financial year 2015-16, the state plan expenditure budget was Rs.49,507 crore but the actual expenditure was Rs.53,010 crore.

"In other states the total amount of planned expenditure funds is not spent but we exceeded by 15 per cent," she said, adding there is no such instance of actual plan expenditure surpassing the budgeted figure in the last 20 years.

For the new financial year 2016-17, the finance department has released Rs.11,573 crore for which directions were issued to take steps for their immediate utilisation.

In 2010-11, the plan expenditure was around Rs.14,000 crore which has increased by nearly four times to Rs.53,010 crore now.

Moreover, the budgeted figure of Rs.49,507 crore was itself higher than the actual of previous year i.e. Rs.39,444 crore by over 25 per cent.

The budgeted figure is projected higher than the actual of the previous year to target a higher growth trajectory for overall growth.

By achieving the state plan expenditure of Rs.53,010 crore, the state has achieved a year-on-year growth of nearly 35 per cent from the previous year's expenditure of Rs.39,444 crore.

In the wake of Vivekananda flyover collapse in which 26 people were killed on March 31, officials said instructions have been issued on condition-monitoring of bridges, flyovers, etc which has to be done meticulously and on a priority basis.

On health issues, the chief minister said two districts of Uttar Dinajpur and Malda are lagging behind in institutional delivery.

State Power Minister Sovandeb Chatterjee said the state-run West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited has launched a new mobile app for payment of bills.

"By 2016 all government offices should be running on solar power and by this year we want to achieve 100 per cent rural electrification," he said.