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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, December 8, 2016

10563 - Onus on schools for Aadhaar - DNA India

Schools have asked for more time and assistance from government

SHIKHA SHARMA | Fri, 28 Oct 2016-07:00am , New Delhi , DNA
All schools in Gurgaon have been directed to create Aadhaar cards for students, or face strict action

The Office of Block Elementary Education Officer, Gurgaon, sent a circular to all the schools in Gurgaon on October 20, stating, "It is regretted that the principals are not taking necessary interest for making the Aadhaar cards of the students studying in their schools. Principals are requested to take necessary steps by October 27, otherwise stringent action will be taken against them from district administration," said a statement by Sushil Kumar Sharma, who is Block Elementary Education Officer.

The schools, however, opposed the diktat seeking more time and assistance from the government to get the registration process going. "Keeping in mind the importance of Aadhaar cards as envisioned by the Prime Minister of India, you are supposed to leave no stone unturned to make it a success," the statement notes.

The statement further said, "The delay on your part not only jeopardise the interest of students community but also ask stringent action from district administration. Therefore you are supposed to leave no stone unturned in making Aadhaar drive a grand success in Gurgaon block."

Speaking to DNA, Jagmohan, the official in-charge of project said, "The programme began last year, and barring a few private schools, most have submitted the information. Certain private schools have taken the issue lightly, and the government has already issued a strict circular to them."

Explaining the rationale behind getting Aadhaar cards for students, the official added, "The idea is to be able to track every student, so nobody gets misplaced. With each student having an identity, it will also be easier to keep track of them, so that fraud related to admissions doesn't happen," Jagmohan added.

Reacting to the circular issued by the administration, Gurgaon principals said that they had no qualms about getting Aadhaar cards made for students or cooperating with the government, but that the government should also understand schools' compulsions.

"We did conduct a drive last year, and we have no problem in cooperating. But things can't be done at short notice. The least the government can do is give us more time. If that is not possible, it should provide some kind of assistance. It shouldn't be just the school's responsibility to get all things done. Our primary job is just to educated children," Principal of DPS Gurgaon Rachna Pandit said.

Last year, schools in Delhi were also instructed to make Aadhaar cards for their students. "We have been conducting drives in Delhi schools for Aadhaar registration, after the government's direction. The idea is to document identities of students, so that they can benefit from scholarships in a more streamlined manner. While all students aren't registered yet, we do have the Aadhaar drive in our schools," says Ameeta Mulla Wattal, ex-Chairman of National Progressive Schools Alliance, a body of top 300 Delhi-NCR schools.

For scholarships

Last year, schools in Delhi were also instructed to make Aadhaar cards for their students. "We have been conducting drives in Delhi schools for Aadhaar registration, after the government's direction. The idea is to document identities of students, so that they can benefit from scholarships in a more streamlined manner. While all students aren't registered yet, we do have the Aadhaar drive in our schools," says Ameeta Mulla Wattal, ex-Chairman of National Progressive Schools Alliance, a body of top 300 Delhi-NCR school