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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

10362 - Cops told to check doctor’s call records - Asian Age


A report by a three-member panel of the Directorate of Health Services (DHS ) has alleged that Dr Mukesh Shete, a nephrologist who is under the scanner in the kidney donation racket at LH Hiranandani Hospital, may have been involved with the middle agents and, to ascertain the same, it says, “The call detail records of Dr Mukesh Shete should be checked by DCP, Zone 10, to find out if he was in contact with agents who were trading human organs.”

A panel comprising comprising Dr Gauri Rathod, assistant director, DHS; Dr Sujata Patwardhan and Dr Kalpana Mehta, has made 10 recommendations in its probe report. It has also asked the Powai police to include the names of all the five doctors in the FIR and book for breaching the rules and section of the TOHA Act. “Communication should be made to the Maharashtra Medical Council about the breaches in the Act by the doctors and also medical negligence by them,” states the report.

These recommendations include steps to be taken by hospitals to prevent such organ donation rackets and the action that the Mumbai police should initiate against doctors involved.

The panel has also recommended that changes need to be made urgently to prevent and curb organ donation rackets in the city and state.

One of the steps it suggested is to make the organ donation procedure foolproof and put in place standard operating procedures (SOPs). “The authorisation committee should give permission to link organ donation to Aadhaar cards,” states the report.

When asked about the same, a DHS member explained, “Both donors and recipients will now be linked via their Aadhaar card number.

This will ensure transparency and also reduce chances of fake documents and do away with touts bringing in people to sell their kidneys for monetary gains.”

The report recommends that hospitals should train their staff about the Transplant of Human Organs Act (TOHA).

“The copy of the act should be made compulsory in all hospitals and consultants should be trained about the act,” it states. In addition to this, hospitals should create more awareness about cadaver donation and that also take every possible measure to curb organ donation.


Apart from steps to prevent an organ donation racket, the DHS report also asks that appropriate action be taken against the doctors involved. It was on the basis of the report that the Powai police arrested five doctors Dr Sujit Chatterjee, CEO; Dr Anurag Naik, medical director; Dr Shete; and urologists Dr Mukesh Shah and Dr Prakash Shetty.