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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.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

10376 - CM FIAT TO DISPLAY AADHAAR PICS OF TEACHERS IN SCHOOLS - Daily Pioneer

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 | PNS | Ranchi | in Ranchi

In a bid to check practice of hiring locals for replacing teachers posted in schools  in remote areas, Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday directed all Deputy Commissioners to ensure that Aadhaar-photographs of all the teachers posted in a particular school gets displayed there within a month. Das was speaking at Suchna Bhawan here during a Seedhi Baat Programme.

“All the DCs will ask their DSEs to ensure that the Aadhaar photographs of the teachers are displayed in that school within a month. It will enable students as well as their parents to know about the teachers who are posted in that particular school,” said Das. There are reports that some of the teachers posted in remote areas have hired locals from the nearby villages as their replacements by paying them minimal amount of Rs 5 - 6 thousand or so while they live at some other places, he added. “Teaching work is extremely getting stalled in these schools due to such practices rampant in remote villages,” said the CM. Salaries of teachers must be stopped, who fail to do so in a month’s time, he added.

“Not only that, jail inmates should also be connected with Aadhaar,” the CM said.  

The matter was raised by one Gopikrishna Verma of Giridih who complained that children of Harodih Utkramit Madhya Vidyalaya were not getting the facilities provided by the State Government.

“The school timing has also been shortened to 1 pm from 10 AM against the actual timing of 8 am to 2 pm,” said Verma. Despite the fact that villagers made several complaints at the block and district level, no action was taken against anybody, he said.
 The Chief Minister also directed Gumla DC to ensure that not a single girl gets trapped by the mediators for exploitation.
“Arrange employment for them in Gumla only and also arrest those persons who are indulged in trafficking of these poor girls,” said the CM. He also passed a message to these girls that they need not go outside the state as they will be provided employment in the here only.  
Das also appealed to Lalo Kumari, who had come to lodge her complaint with the CM, to expose those who are indulging in this business of trafficking. He directed Gumla Police to take immediate action against the persons whom Lalo Devi has named in her complaint.

The Chief Minister during Seedhi Baat also provided immediate relief of Rs 1 lakh to Chinta Devi, wife of late Vipta Ram who died back in the year 1997 but the family, was yet to get their dues from the state government. Ram was a BHALCO employee.
When the CM enquired about it, he was told that matter was related to Bihar Government, yet they were talking to the officials in Bihar in this regard. Looking at the monitory conditions of the Chinta Devi, the CM gave her an immediate relief of Rs 1 lakh. 


The CM also directed Saraikela-Kharsawan SP to look into the murder case of Uttam Kumar, a student of NIC Jamshedpur, again and reinvestigate the case from the beginning. Das ensured the complainant that a high level inquiry will be set up in the case if required.