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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 24, 2016

10142 - Essential Documents That You Must Have - Business Today

Essential Documents That You Must Have

Apart from proving your identity, these documents have other benefits that you may not know about. Read on to find out.

  • Delhi,  June 15, 2016   |  
Gone are the days when you needed your identity proof documents on just a few occasions. Today, you might be asked for your Aadhaar card or PAN card while paying hotel bills or for purchasing a car or jewellery. The financial consequences of not having these documents could be significant.

For instance, apart from being an identity proof, several benefits have been linked to Aadhaar card, such as getting online appointment for marriage/birth certificate. So, don't think that just because you are not a beneficiary of direct benefit transfer, you do not need to have one.

Hitesh Singla, Principal Partner, Square Yards, says: "Registration of sale deeds is being withheld in some state registrar offices without Aadhaar cards despite the Supreme Court ruling that the card cannot be linked with essential services."

N. K. Prasad, President & CEO, CAMS (Computer Age Management Services), says: "Mutual fund penetration, especially in Tier-II and Tier-III cities, can be accelerated with Aadhaar-based e-KYC. Investors can now have a complete digital experience with Aadhaar based e-KYC and seamlessly invest in Mutual Funds." Here is the low down on what essential documents you should have and what they do.

AADHAAR CARD 


Issued by: Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Government of India
Purpose: Verification of identity
What is Aadhaar card? Aadhaar is a 12-digit number code used for establishing identity on the basis of demographic and biometric information. It is equivalent to the social security number used in the US.
AadhaAr Usages: e-KYC: It can be used for instant e-KYC for online investment in mutual funds and purchase of insurance. SEBI, however, permits investment of only `50,000 in a financial year through Aadhaar-based e-KYC using one-time password on mobile for authentication.
Online Income tax return (ITR) submission: You can e-verify your ITR form provided your mobile number is registered in the Aadhaar card database.
Passport: You can get a fresh passport within 10 days by submitting the Aadhaar card along with a copy of the electoral photo identity card and the PAN card.
Digital Locker: Now you can store all your important documents such as marksheets and PAN card in a digital locker (https://digilocker.gov.in). For uploading documents you only need a mobile number, but by seeding your Aadhaar with your digital locker you can pull out documents from the issued section of the website.
Digital Life certificate for pensioners: A digital certificate is generated through Aadhaar-based biometric authentication of the pensioner, which gets stored in the Life Certificate Repository.

DRIVING LICENCE 




Issued by: Regional Transport Office
Purpose: It certifies that a person is qualified to drive a vehicle. Also serves as identity and address proof.
What is driving licence? It is issued by individual states through their regional transport offices. For gearless motorcycles, the minimum age for getting a licence is 16. For other type of vehicles it is 18 years.
Insurance claim: The insurance company can reject your claim if you were driving without a licence.

PAN CARD



Issued by: Income Tax Department
Purpose: Used for tracking financial transactions.
What is PAN card? Permanent Account Number, or PAN, is a 10-digit alphanumeric number used for tracking your financial transactions (income, investments as well as big spendings). Here are the transactions where PAN card is required.
TDS: Banks can withhold tax at a higher rate of 20 per cent if you do not provide your PAN. Only 10 per cent is deducted if the bank has your PAN details.
Buying property: PAN is mandatory for buying and selling immovable property in India. NRIs can also easily buy property or engage in business in India with the help of PAN card without filing tax returns.
MANDATORY QUOTING OF PAN
  • For buying all goods or services over Rs2 lakh, including gold
  • During purchase/sale of immovable property exceeding Rs10 lakh
  • For mobile wallet transactions of more than Rs50,000
  • For opening a bank account, except Jan Dhan account
  • For hotel/restaurant bill payments above Rs50,000
  • Cash deposit in bank exceeding Rs50,000 in a single day
  • For purchase of foreign currency or cash payment related to foreign travel exceeding Rs50,000
  • Over Rs50,000 investment in mutual funds/debentures/RBI bonds/life insurance policy
  • For opening a demat account
  • Business or profession where total sales, turnover or gross receipts exceed or are likely to exceed Rs5 lakh
  • The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority has started using PAN apart from Aadhaar for for online registration under National Pension System
  • PAN is also mandatory for buying or selling motor vehicles (other than two-wheelers)
PASSPORT


Issued by: Ministry of External Affairs
Purpose: Passport is needed for travelling abroad. It also serves as identity and residence proof.
Photo identity: It is a proof of identity, has your birth date, as well as residential address. It takes care of most of your requirements.
Visa-Free travel: Many countries allow visa-on-arrival such as Thailand or visa-free travel such as Nepal if you have a valid passport.
Unlike other documents you need to renew both passport and driving licence periodically.

VOTING CARD




Issued by: The Election Commission
Purpose: It makes you eligible to vote during elections.
Proof of Identity: The main purpose is voting. It is also used as identity and residence proof. ~~

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