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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 29, 2016

10534 - ‘Digital India’ to be theme for India International Trade Fair - Hindu Businessline


S RONENDRA SINGH

Govt to showcase success, involve public to highlight Digital India programme

NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 14:  
The 36th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF), one of the biggest fair held in India, will have ‘Digital India’ as its theme this year,
This will be for the second time that the fair, which is annually held between November 14 and November 27, will have a theme based on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet projects. The theme for last year (35th edition) was ‘Make in India’.

According to sources from the government, the theme pavilion would be developed in hall number one in Pragati Maidan, and communication has been sent to all State Chief Secretaries and Secretaries of Line ministries for showcasing Digital India initiatives.

“There will be industry interaction via seminars, panel discussion and tech-talks during at the event. Success stories of grass root level contributors/ achievers of Digital India movement, especially by women and backward section of the society, will also be highlighted during the event days,” said one of the source.

There will also be games/ demonstration of services/ highlight of achievements till now and also awareness programmes like ‘Digi Swachha Abhiyaan’ – e-Waste collection and contest/ quiz on social media, said an official.
“With around 1.50 lakh footfalls expected per day during this 14-day event, the government wants to showcase the meaning and impact of DI on women, students, dalits, farmers, employment and many others to be woven into a story,” said one source.
Digital India is one of the biggest programmes of the Modi government and has achieved manifold successes in each project under DI such as Mera Aadhaar, Meri Sarkar (MyGov) and Mera Digital Locker.
For example, there have been 103 crore Indians enrolled with Aadhaar number, more than 35 lakh are using MyGov to assist government and more than 20 lakh people have stored and shared two or more documents through ‘Digital Locker’.
“When I see IT products for common people like e-scholarship, e-hospital and Jeevan Praman, I get personal satisfaction and Digital India on an automatic role,” Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of IT and Law, told BusinessLine saying he appreciates the people involved in these projects.
(This article was published on October 14, 2016)