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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.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

10125 - Maharashtra: Hospitals, anganwadis, schools to get Aadhaar facilities - dna India


 DHAVAL KULKARNI | Sat, 11 Jun 2016-10:00am , dna

To ensure universal coverage of Aadhaar and tap children and youths who lag in registering for the national unique identity scheme, the state government will launch enrolment facilities in hospitals, anganwadis and schools.

It is also planning to start over 4,500 permanent enrolment centres (PECs) across Maharashtra, with plans to ensure that eventually there is one PEC for every 25,000 people in urban areas.

While Maharashtra has an Aadhaar coverage of 89.59%, it is just 40.37% for those in the zero to five age group. This coverage is a much healthier 98.82% for those above 18 and 80.25% between five and 18 years. The state is looking at a three-point catchment to register this uncovered population in hospitals (for newborns), anganwadis and schools.
A universal roll-out of the unique identity cards will help the Centre's plans to push the trinity of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile (JAM) to enable social security, delivery of welfare schemes and financial inclusion.
"We will try to start (registration) in hospitals for newborns to give them Aadhaar numbers. The logic is to catch them young," M Sankaranarayanan, director, information technology, government of Maharashtra, told dna. The state is planning to launch this facility in around 500 hospitals.
"This will start from government hospitals and we will later think of expanding it to other institutions where the number of child births is large," he said, adding that some other states were also trying this out with good results.
This model will be implemented with help from the state public health department.
In the next stages of the "three catchment points" strategy, the enrolment will also be extended to anganwadis and schools. In a meeting earlier this week, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had reviewed the Aadhaar ecosystem, including enrolment, seeding and direct benefit transfer, where this strategy was agreed to in-principle.
Sankaranarayanan said they would also adopt a model wherein women and child development department staff would be trained and empowered with tabs and enrolment kits to register children in anganwadis.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched an Android-based software to register children below the age of five. These tabs will be used to photograph children and collect the fingerprints and the Aadhaar numbers of the parent for validation.
"In addition to that, there will be 4,500-odd permanent enrolment centres in all revenue circle headquarters. In cities, there will be one permanent enrolment centre for every 25,000 people… We are trying to see if we can organise a camp every three months in every school," said Sankaranarayanan, adding that they would issue formal orders in this regard soon.
The state is also trying to work out an institutional framework wherein registration kits can be taken to the homes of those who are sick, disabled and bed-ridden and, hence, are unable to come to enrolment centres.
"Today, the enrolment is going on in camp mode and we are trying to move to an institutional mode. There will also be a growth in population (which can be registered for Aadhaar)," he said.
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