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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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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

10366 - Centre assesses DBT implementation by ministries - Business Standard

Currently, 74 Schemes across 17 Ministries are being reported on DBT and 71 Ministries have set up internal DBT cells
Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

August 28, 2016 Last Updated at 12:42 IST

The Centre is assessing implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme as part of its ambitious target of bringing all subsidies under the Aadhaar-based electronic transfer system by March next year.

It has roped in newly inducted 172 IAS officers to conduct baseline assessment and DBT eligibility assessment of schemes.

These IAS officers of 2014 batch are working as assistant secretaries in different ministries under a first-of-its-kind initiative of the Union government to groom bureaucrats at the Centre before they move out to their respective cadre states.

DBT initiative has gained significant momentum in the last few months. Its scope has been expanded to include not only cash transfers but also in-kind transfers (e.g. subsidised foodgrains under Public Distribution System with Aadhaar based biometric authentication) and payments to enablers of schemes like Asha and Anganwadi workers.

"Now, the government of India has set an ambitious target of bringing all subsidy and welfare schemes under the ambit of DBT by March 31, 2017," according to a recent communique by Cabinet Secretariat.

Currently, 74 Schemes across 17 Ministries are being reported on DBT. 71 Ministries have set up internal DBT cells which would work towards onboarding their schemes on DBT.

"The DBT mission looks upon the assignment for IAS officers of 2014 batch to study the DBT-related efforts across ministries as a unique opportunity not only to assess the DBT preparedness of ministries but also to expedite efforts for DBT implementation," it said.

The DBT programme, a major reform initiative to check leakages of welfare funds, was launched on January 1, 2013 with regard to 24 selected schemes of eight ministries.

Through DBT all cash benefits are transferred directly to the beneficiary's bank account.

The DBT Mission works under the Cabinet Secretariat and its implementation is monitored by the Prime Minister's Office.

It has also been decided to have a DBT cell in all central government ministries and state governments.

"Thrust areas where DBT Mission will be engaging with DBT cells are identification of all the schemes being implemented in respective ministries or departments and freezing the list of schemes that are DBT compliant.

"For such DBT eligible schemes, further set of activities that include digitisation of beneficiary database, process reengineering (wherever required), Aadhaar seeding, automation of processes, integration of fund transfer with Public Financial Management System and Aadhaar based fund transfer and developing a Management Information System for effective monitoring and feedback will have be carried out," the Cabinet Secretariat said.