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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


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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.


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Saturday, July 30, 2016

10198 - Indian passengers could soon be DENIED train tickets without an Aadhaar card, officials warn - Daily Mail UK


PUBLISHED: 10:07 +10:00, 6 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:07 +10:00, 6 July 2016

The world’s largest biometric identity project may become the foundation of railway travel in India, and passengers attempting to travel without an Aadhaar card could soon be denied a ticket.
Sources say Indian Railways is set to link passenger ticketing services with the database scheme, in what is being seen as a bid to slash spending on subsidies and other concessions.
Officials say the plan is aimed at curbing cases of impersonation

The world’s largest biometric identity project may become the foundation of railway travel in India, meaning that passengers attempting to travel without a Aadhaar card could soon be denied a ticket
The Railways' move will be in contrast with a Supreme Court order last year restricting the use of Aadhaar to the public distribution system (PDS) and LPG connections.

The unique identity project was started seven years ago, with the aim of helping citizens, especially those who have no other form of portable ID, such as a passport or driving licence, to access banking and government services for the first time.
However, the top court said the programme cannot be made mandatory for access to government benefits.
The matter is pending before the Constitution Bench for a final decision. 
The Railways' plan will be implemented in two phases, sources say.
In the first stage, it will be necessary to provide an Aadhaar number to get concessions under various quotas, such as those for senior citizens, freedom fighters, the disabled, students, and unemployed youths.
Indian Railways provides concessions in fares to 53 categories. A senior ministry official said the policy in this regard will be approved and implemented in 15 days.
In the second phase, that will take nearly two months, the Railways will link all ticketing services to the Aadhaar card.

During travel, the Aadhaar number listed on the ticket will be entered into a mobile device provided to each ticket examiner
This means that a passenger will have to provide the unique identity number at the time of booking a ticket either online or at the reservation windows.
Initially, Aadhaar will be required for booking reserved tickets, but later it will be made mandatory for unreserved tickets too.
Railway officials justified the move by saying this will ensure only genuine passengers travel by train. 
They claimed that the majority of people are enrolled with Aadhaar, and so this will not affect them adversely.
A senior Railway Board official told Mail Today: “According to government statistics, 96 per cent of Indians have been given Aadhaar numbers. By making Aadhaar card mandatory, railways will be able to check impersonation and thus revenue losses".

Sources say Indian Railways is set to link passenger ticketing services with the Aadhaar scheme in a bid to slash spending on subsidies and other concessions
As per the plan, the Aadhaar number, provided at the time of booking, will be printed on the ticket. 
During travel, the Aadhaar number listed on the ticket will be entered into a mobile device provided to each ticket examiner.
The passenger's identity details, including their photograph, will be displayed on the device to confirm who they are.
Rail Ministry accounts show that the department offers passengers a 43 per cent subsidy on a single train journey.
This means that if the Railways spends Rs 100 on a train journey, it only charges Rs 57.