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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

10386 - Govt plans not reaching poor women, study says - TNN


TNN | Sep 5, 2016, 06.56 AM IS

PUNE: Women from marginalized communities in the city, including domestic workers, street vendors and waste-pickers, have not been able to access government schemes and entitlements for want of basic documents like ration and ID cards, a recent study has revealed.

As many as 280 women from seven urban settlements of Pune Municipal Corporation were surveyed as a part of the study, which was conducted by the Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR). "Around 33% of the respondents claimed that they were excluded from universal schemes like Aadhaar, food security and voter cards due to their inability to produce basic identity and citizenship documents," the study found.

Since these women have been kept out of the ambit of basic citizenship entitlements, they cannot even avail key welfare schemes like pension, slum rehabilitation and free health services, which have been specially designed for the development of marginalised women, it observed.

The study done by as many as 24 researchers drawn from the community was released on Saturday by mayor Prashant Jagtap at Lahuji Vastad School in Yerawada to launch a project for enhancing the access of urban poor women to development and welfare schemes of PMC.

The project will be implemented by the CFAR with support from the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI) in the seven identified settlements of Yerawada and Vishrantwadi in the form a Single Window Centre which will educate and inform community women about various schemes of PMC and then enrol them as beneficiaries.

Reflecting on the findings of the study, mayor Jagtap said "Women constitute half of the city's population. It is unfortunate to note that many of them have not been able to access even basic schemes and entitlements. The study shows that there are some bottlenecks at the level of scheme providers and at the level of the seekers too. We need to counter both these hurdles to better realize the actual intent of providing for the welfare and development of the marginalized," he said.

Kantabai Dhende, a resident of 112 B settlement in Yerawada and one of the community researchers, shared the difficulties encountered by women while accessing basic schemes. "Women who are destitute, single or even disabled do not possess a valid ID or residence proof. To avail any scheme, these documents need to be produced," Dhende said.

Surekha Jadhav from Shramik Nagar said, "I do not have a BPL ration card. For accessing free-health service at the public hospital, I have to show it. Normally, I spend 15-20% of my earnings every month on medical expenses. If I can save this money, I could use the same on my child's education."

Responding to such grievances, S T Shrike, deputy commissioner, Women and Child Development, said, "The study is an extremely critical step taken by the community. It shows how governance can be improved with people's participation. I expect that this further results into a good community-government partnership effort that improvises scheme provisioning and delivery on the ground."

The study was done in survey number 112B at Vishrantwadi, Shramik Vasahat, Jadhav Nagar, Moze Nagar, Laxmi Nagar-1 (Near to Urdu school), Laxmi Nagar-2 (Raj chowk), Kamraj Nagar at Yerawada.