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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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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

10430 - Aadhaar’s e-sign awaits RBI nod - Economic Times

By Surabhi Agarwal, ET Bureau | Sep 13, 2016, 06.52 AM IST


E-sign takes away the hassle from digitally signing documents by using the real-time Aadhaar-based authentication system.

NEW DELHI: The ministry of electronics and IT (MEIT) had written to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last week requesting for clear directions from the banking regulator for the use of esign — an Aadhaar-based electronic signature mechanism developed by the government. Even though the e-sign system is fully developed and operational, many agencies have apprehensions using it since there are no explicit directions from RBI on whether it is permitted or not. 

The service is being pitched as a convenient alternative for the current process of getting a digital signature, through a dongle, which is cost intensive, time consuming and relatively unsafe and can be used to authenticate documents for a myriad of government services such as filing income-tax returns, availing financial and telecom services and getting different kind of certificates on the fly. 

E-sign takes away the hassle from digitally signing documents by using the real-time Aadhaar-based authentication system and is pegged to be one of the major components of driving Modi government's ease of doing campaign. 

Aruna Sundararajan, newly appointed secretary of MEIT told ET that the ministry has sent a letter to the RBI explaining the concept (of e-sign), and asking them to allow this. "So this will be a much cheaper alternative to the digital signature and much convenient as well. We have taken up the matter institutionally with RBI," she added. 

The e-sign framework has been developed by the Centre of Development for Advanced Computing (C-DAC), the government's in-house research and development arm. Private agencies such as eMudhra and nCode Solutions are also offering e-signature facility along with C-DAC. Additional Secretary in MEIT, Ajay Kumar tweeted on Monday saying: "Major milestone in #eSign journey of @_DigitalIndia . @eMudhra-Limited crosses 1million mark on Sep 10. Congrats @eMudhraLimited @GoI_DeitY." 

Despite its ease of use, its uptake has been limited since many agencies such as those in the banking sector are concerned about its validity. "RBI has not said that you can't use it, but it has also not said that you can use it. So, agencies are confused," said an industry official adding that more clarity on this will certainly help increase the popularity of e-sign by leaps and bounds. 

Businesses are interested since, once operational, this will relieve the citizens as well as firms of the hassles of obtaining a digital signature certificate to verify their documents and could be a more authentic means to do it. 

"Because of the Unique Identity number, the Unified Payment Interface, the Digital Locker and e-sign, the entire ecosystem is coming off age," said Sundararajan. She added that her ministry is continuously pursuing the matter with the department of financial services and the regulators to ensure the new services get the required push. 


Currently, to digitally sign a document, one has to get a pen drive or a dongle from one of the authorised service providers or get a key from one of the online agencies which is stored in the computer.