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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, August 14, 2016

10301 - UIDAI extended undue favour of Rs 4.92 crore to Wipro: CAG


By PTI | Aug 03, 2016, 06.25 AM IST
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CAG has flagged "undue favour" to Wipro Ltd by UIDAI, which manages Aadhaar, in a maintenance contract.
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NEW DELHI: Government auditor CAG has flagged "undue favour" to Wipro Ltd by UIDAI, which manages Aadhaar, in a maintenance contract involving an avoidable expenditure of nearly Rs 5 crore. 

CAG also found that UIDAI incurred a loss of Rs 1.41 crore by not following the government policy of routing its advertisements through official agency DAVP

"Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in contravention of the provisions of the contract extended undue favour to the vendor (M/s Wipro Ltd) and incurred an avoidable expenditure of Rs 4.92 crore on annual maintenance contract of the equipment for a period covered under warrant/free maintenance," CAG said in a report tabled in Parliament today. 

According to the report, UIDAI entered (May, 2011) into a contract with Wipro Ltd (vendor) for supply, installation and commissioning of servers, storage systems, security systems and accessories with incidental services in the data centres of the authority in Bengaluru and Delhi/NCR at a cost of Rs 134.28 crore. 

CAG stated that as the vendor was responsible for erection and installation of the goods/services at the destination sites and for making them fully operational, subject to an acceptance test (AT) based on the prescribed norms. 

The final AT was conducted by STQC in January-February 2013 with satisfactory performance. Thus the date of acceptance was February 2013. 

The contract stipulated that warranty of the equipment would remain valid for 36 months in respect of servers and storage system and 12 months in respect of all other goods, after the goods had been delivered (and commissioned) to the final destination and accepted. 

As per contract terms and conditions the date of acceptance of equipment was February, 2013. However on being requested by Wipro, UIDAI decided (February, 2013) to adopt as date of acceptance for all equipment. 

CAG noted that as a result of reckoning this date, the stipulated period of warranty of 12 months for items other than servers and storage system expired on January 31, 2013, which was month before its acceptance. 

UIDAI agreed (March 2013) with vendor for annual maintenance Contract (AMC) of these equipments at a total cost of Rs 4.92 crore for the period from February 2013 to January 2014. The agreement was signed on June 1, 2013. 

CAG observed that a deviation from the original contract in terms and entering into a fresh AMC retrospectively by UIDAI resulted in avoidable expenditure of Rs 4.92 crore on AMC of the equipment which was to be covered under warranty/free maintenance. 

CAG also found that the UIDAI did not route its advertisements through the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity in accordance with the advertisement policy of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. This led to loss of Rs 1.41 crore as the eligible discount was not availed.