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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.

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

Special

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.


Friday, June 10, 2016

10111 - Centre to release water conservation report - Business Standard

rural development ministry to also seek more funds over and above Rs 38,500 crore allocated in 2016-17 Budget for such works
Sanjeeb Mukherjee  |  New Delhi 
June 6, 2016 Last Updated at 23:49 IST

To ensure majority of the funds allocated under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is spent on water conservation-related works, the Centre is planning to come out with a performance outcome report of such works done in 2015-16.

That apart, the rural development ministry is planning to approach the finance department for more funds over and above the Rs 38,500 crore allocated in the 2016-17 Budget for such works. Of this, around Rs 23,000 crore has already been released with the remaining to be exhausted soon.
NO DILUTION OF EFFORTS
  • Centre plans  performance audit of water conservation under MNREGS
  • The audit report will be for FY16
  • Rural development ministry might need more funds for MNREGS
  • All MNREGS workers will be seeded with Aadhaar by August

“We might need another Rs 10,000 crore for FY17 for the works depending on the monsoon,” said a senior official. The outcome report, meanwhile, will list out the initiatives that states have taken towards building farm ponds, canals, bunds, revitalising traditional water resources, and other such projects. “This time around, we are not only asking for a financial performance appraisal from the states, but also want to know what work they have done with the annual MGNREGS funds, particularly in conservation of water, which is a priority area for the government,” said the official.

He said the report would be released by end-June, which will also enable the Centre to share the best practices with states ahead of the 2016 southwest monsoon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his recent discussion with the chief ministers of 10 states on the prevailing drought-like situation, had called upon them to put extra focus on conservation of water during the coming monsoon season so that future water scarcities can be avoided. The Centre had earmarked a target of construction around 800,000 farm ponds in 2016-17 through MGNREGS. According to the official cited above, to smoothen the process of identification and disbursal of wages to MGNREGS workers, the Centre plans to seed all the MGNREGS job cards with Aadhaar numbers by August.

Till date, of the 105 million MGNREGS workers, around 68 million have their cards seeded with Aadhaar.

“All these will ensure there is timely payment of wages to MGNREGS workers,” the official added. A high-powered panel of experts constituted by the Centre had identified delayed wage payments under MGNREGS as a matter of grave concern, which is impacting the programme’s spirit. The panel submitted its report to the government recently. In MNREGS, Centre shares full cost of workers’ wages and 75 per cent of the material cost, while the states bear the remaining.