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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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Sunday, August 7, 2016

10274 - SPAMMED WITH SNAIL MAIL, MAN UNCOVERS AADHAAR CARD FRAUD - Mumbai Mirror



By Nazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror | Jul 24, 2016, 12.35 AM IST

A 27-year-old Bandra resident exposed a fake Aadhaar card scam after letters addressed to an unknown person kept coming to his house. Rehan Bellare turned a sleuth to gather information about fraud before asking his father to approach the police. 

The police said fraudsters were applying for Aadhaar cards giving Bellare's address and would collect the letters from the post office as soon they were returned by Bellare. 

According to the Khar police, Bellare, a resident of Sita Kunj on the 36th Road in Bandra West, got a few letters meant for someone else in April and promptly returned them. When it happened again in May, Bellare grew suspicious. 

The postman told Bellare that the letters returned by him were being collected from the post office by some locals. "I was not sure if the information was true. I decided to check for myself and follow the trail of these letters. Soon I learnt that some beggars from my neighbourhood were collecting them," said Bellare. 

Bellare, who runs an online garments business, said he initially thought there was some goof-up regarding the address. "But when I visited the post office and made enquiries, things became clearer." 

Initially, the postal staff was not keen to divulge the content of the mails, but they relented later. "I convinced them that I was being harassed by these frequent letters and needed to get to the bottom of it." 

Bellare said he was shocked when he was shown the contents of the envelopes. "They were photocopies of an Aadhaar card. While the address was mine, it belonged a person identified as Thakur. I immediately recognised the person on the letter. He was a beggar who stayed near my house." 

The young man then went on to file an RTI application seeking more information about the fake Aadhaar card with his address on it. But the officials refused to divulge any information saying it was confidential. 

"I then tweeted the photo of the Aadhaar card on the Mumbai police's Twitter handle. I was asked to approach the Khar police." His father, Ishwar, submitted a complaint on Friday. 

Senior Inspector Ramchandra Jadhav said, "We have received a complaint and have started an inquiry into the matter."