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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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Thursday, September 8, 2016

10391 - Now, direct benefit transfer scheme updates are only a click away - Live Mint

Last Modified: Wed, Sep 07 2016. 02 33 PM IST

Now, direct benefit transfer scheme updates are only a click away

The direct benefit transfer portal will provide information about 74 government schemes and 17 ministries

Suranjana Roy

In 2016-17, the total number of DBT transactions stood at more than 63.15 crore and the value of these transactions were worth more than Rs.26,692.53 crore. Photo: Bloomberg

New Delhi: The recently launched direct benefit transfer (DBT) portal is a key platform for all administrators to access information on all Central and states’ welfare schemes. It will also give regular updates on the work being done in real time. It will also enable beneficiaries to eventually access details about the subsidies available to them. Although still not fully operational, Mint looks at some of the key features and information available on this website.

The website for the portal launched last month is dbt.bharat.gov.in.

It showcases information about the progress being made under each scheme (classified under their controlling ministry) in terms of the number of transactions under DBT and the value of those transfers. The portal also makes a demarcation between Aadhaar and non-Aadhaar-based transactions. All documents related to DBT and circulars on the various meetings by the government are also uploaded on the website.

This DBT portal will build in a feedback and grievance redressal mechanism.

According to the portal, a total of 74 schemes and 17 ministries are part of the DBT. In 2016-17, the total number of DBT transactions stood at more than 63.15 crore and the value of these transactions were worth more than Rs.26,692.53 crore.
However, the portal is still a work in progress as far as integration of all databases for all schemes and districts are concerned. Once that is done, tying up with the different state DBT cells will be the next step.

Since its inception in 2013, maximum contribution towards the transfers have come from PAHAL, or the DBT scheme for cooking gas subsidy and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) till June 2016, as per the portal. The total number of beneficiaries stood at 16.91 crore with disbursed subsidies amounting to Rs.39,682.03 crore under Pahal.
Under MGNREGS, there were 10.88 crore transactions involving Rs.61,275.58 crore of payments to workers.
West Bengal, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh are the top six states making the highest transfers under the two schemes. The percentage of beneficiaries seeded with Aadhaar under all schemes stood at 68.41% for the mentioned period with PAHAL and MGNREGS again surpassing other schemes with 77.4% and 67.08%, respectively.
The DBT mission was started in 1 January 2013 with an aim to disburse the subsidies directly into the beneficiary’s account to avoid any duplications and also for plugging the leakages in the system. The Centre recently asked all states to set up their own DBT cells to ensure a smooth flow of disbursal and better targeting of beneficiaries.
Many states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan have already opened up DBT cells.