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, August 7, 2016

10267 - Aadhaar enrollment to begin in 10 states left out earlier - Economic Times

By Aman Sharma, ET Bureau | Jul 23, 2016, 05.19 AM IST

Aadhaar enrollment to begin in 10 states left out earlier

NEW DELHI: The home ministry has agreed to allow the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to do enrolment for Aadhaar in 10 states where the exercise was being solely done by the Registrar General of India (RGI) so far, including the sensitive border states of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and West Bengal

The move follows the Prime Minister Office's push to give each of the 128 crore Indians an Aadhaar number by March 2017. Under the UPA, states were geographically divided between RGI and UIDAI for enrolment - UIDAI covered 22 states/UTs while RGI was assigned 14 sensitive border or coastal states/UTs. 

Last year, the Modi government shifted Uttar Pradesh and Bihar from RGI's ambit to UIDAI. Now, except Assam and Meghalaya, UIDAI has been allowed to initiate enrolment in all states that RGI was working in. 

This means big states like Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Odisha and Jammu & Kashmir will have UIDAI for enrolments. The Aadhaar saturation in these states stands at 83%, 77%, 76% and 62% respectively, while 16 of the 24 states under UIDAI have 100% saturation. 

"The home ministry has permitted UIDAI enrolment in states where RGI was earlier doing it, except Assam and Meghalaya. UIDAI is now working with these state governments to ramp up the enrolment," UIDAI CEO ABP Pandey confirmed to ET. He added that RGI was not mandated to enroll children of 0-5 years of age and UIDAI will now be enrolling them in RGI states - as many as 9.5 crore children in this age group are still to enroll for Aadhaar across India. Around 103 crore out of the estimated 128 crore people in India at present have an Aadhaar number. 

"The government is in no mood to wait anymore for RGI to pick up speed in the states assigned to it. Except Assam and Meghalaya, where the NPR exercise is happening on SC orders, UIDAI will now enter all states. The so-called security concerns around UIDAI are unfounded," a senior government official. Pandey said UIDAI will do a final mopup of enrolments for Aadhaar in these states as well as be in charge of updating data in these 10 states.