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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, November 8, 2016

10498 - Aadhaar card a must for wrestlers at national level tournaments - Indian Express

Aadhaar card a must for wrestlers at national level tournaments

The new regulation will be introduced during the Nationals at Gonda, Uttar Pradesh, which is scheduled to take place from October 22 to 25.

Written by Vinay Siwach | New Delhi | Updated: September 27, 2016 8:05 am
A WRESTLER will now require an Aadhaar card to participate in national level tournaments. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has introduced this mandatory stipulation to curb age fraud and also prevent the inter-state exodus of players using fake domicile.

The federation is also looking to curb, what the WFI president Brij Bhushan Singh Saran calls, the “over-interference of private agencies and agents with the wrestlers in national camps.” Speaking to The Indian Express, he said: “We have seen many wrestlers sign contracts with private agencies and later these agencies interfere with our wrestlers and the federation. We need to bring in regulations to curb this phenomenon.

“We have seen wrestlers moving to other states once they fail to qualify from their state where they were born. Once an Aadhaar card is submitted, we will know the age and the domicile. We will enter these details in our data base. The Aadhaar number will be his identity and it will be mentioned in the participation list of tournaments,” Saran said explaining the thought behind the new rule.
Saran added that having a valid Aadhaar card will go a long way in curbing age fraud amongst wrestlers. “The move will give genuine wrestlers an even playing ground. Age fraud is the biggest issue in our country.”
The new regulation will be introduced during the Nationals at Gonda, Uttar Pradesh, which is scheduled to take place from October 22 to 25. This will be the first tournament after Rio Olympics where top wrestlers are expected to participate.
While making it mandatory for all the top wrestlers to participate in the tournament, the federation warned that anyone who skips it, will be barred from the national camp. Well placed sources in the federation said that CCTV cameras will be installed at the venue to avoid irregularities at weigh-ins, a day before the competition, for which WFI is planning to send an observer.
“After the weigh-ins, there are coaches who request for easier brackets for their wrestlers and we have received complaints related to the same. This will be stopped now. We will have an observer from the federation and will also install CCTVs at the weigh-in centre to stop such incidents,” the WFI source said.