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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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Monday, September 5, 2016

10360 - Mamata threatens to protest in Delhi on Aadhaar issue - Hindustan Times


  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, KolkataUpdated: Aug 26, 2016 16:44 IST

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee calls for fresh agitation against Narendra Modi government at the centre. (Ashok Nath Dey/HT Photo)

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee threatened to hit the streets and then take the protest to Delhi over issue of Aadhaar and against central’s discrimination of Bengal. She stated that centre’s policies are affecting Bengal in a negative way and soon there will be no other way out that protests.

The Bengal chief minister also vowed to foil the strike called on September 2, by Left affiliated trade unions, highlighting that state government would pay compensation to those whose property will be damaged on that day.

“40% of the people of Bengal have no Aadhaar cards. But now centre is making it mandatory to have Aadhaar cards everything, from stipends to students to pension to senior citizens. Scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, the needy are suffering as money or grants to them in various schemes would stop,” said Mamata Banerjee speaking at the foundation day rally of Trinamool Congress Chattra Parishad (party’s student wing) in Kolkata.

“We give three months time to the centre to stop poking its nose in our business. After that we will hit the streets. Students, workers, SC ST OBCs will hit the streets in protest. We will take the protest to Delhi. Even the Supreme Court has stated that Aadhaar card is not mandatory” said Mamata Banerjee.


The Bengal chief minister lambasted the centre over issues of Aadhaar card, turning off the tap of central support in many of welfare schemes. She said that it was centre’s responsibility to ensure that people in Bengal get Aadhaar card, in which it failed.

“Why is Narendra Modi trying to deprive Bengal and save money? Is it because he wants to buy another new suit and set another Guinness record,” said The Bengal chief minister taking a dig at the Prime ministers suit with his name imprinted.

Mamata Banerjee also targeted CPIM and Congress and vowed to foil the upcoming nationwide general strike called by seventeen parties led by Left trade unions on September 2.
“We will not allow a bandh in Bengal. Why will there be a waste of Crores of rupees? CPIM and Congress are brothers and they both are trying to paralyse the state during the bandh day. But we will not tolerate that. Businessmen whose property will be targeted will be compensated by the government and police action against bandh supporters,” said Mamata Banerjee.


The chief minister also took a dig at CPIM and Congress leaders stating that they now only exit in television studious.
Mamata Banerjee also lamented the fact that opposition leaders and slowing development initiatives by approaching courts at the drop of a hat.

“The process of recruitment of 65,000 teaching posts in the state is ready. But we are helpless if they (opposition) go to court at the drop of a hat. We are awaiting courts verdict,” said the chief minister.