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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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Friday, December 9, 2016

10570 - Umang, the master app for Govt services, will feature only Aadhaar & few other amenities in initial rollout

“Since most government services will be linked to Aadhaar, it makes sense to integrate it with UMANG,“ said a senior official in the ministry of electronics and information technology

Neha Alawadhi  |  ET Bureau  |  Updated: November 03, 2016, 08:28 IST

A master app to unlock government services for citizens on the mobile phone is slated for launch within four months, but only a small number of amenities will form part of the initial rollout, according to people aware of the plan.

Aadhaar, the unique identity number, will be in the first lot, providing a validation layer for all services, and so are government solutions for healthcare and skill development and those aimed at farmers and students.

“Since most government services will be linked to Aadhaar, it makes sense to integrate it with UMANG,“ said a senior official in the ministry of electronics and information technology, referring to Unified Mobile App for New-Age Governance which will be a mobile gateway to central, state and municipal services.

“UMANG will enable citizens to download a single mobile app instead of multiple apps for each department, and make it easy for them to discover government services,“ the official said. Spice Digital, a part of the Noida-based Spice Connect group, has been contracted to develop the first set of apps as part of UMANG.

Some 200 apps will eventually be part of the project by December 2019. Part of the mandate for Spice Digital is to provide support for Aadhar based e-KYC, document access via Digilocker and easy pa yments via PayGov -the government's payment gateway.

“The app will have a section where the citizen can update their preferences, frequently accessed services and short-cuts, languages, and so on, which will then be available for all services so that data entry can be minimised,“ said Jatinder Verma, president of Spice Digital.

The government already has an existing app store platform called “Mobile Seva“ which hosts applications from different government departments, leading to a multiplicity of apps.


With UMANG, the government hopes to address some of these issues as well. “This is a graduation from Mobile Seva, which has over 600-800 applications built by different developers, often for the same thing, which tells us there should be one single application,“ said the government official.

While Mobile Seva will continue to exist, UMANG aims to reduce the time taken for different de partments to come on board the mobile app route.

“This will become a boon to many government departments which have limited capability or resources to frame their own tenders and execute their individual projects,“ said the official.

Also, most government departments still do not have mobile apps covering all their processes, which is why the UMANG team is working with them to ensure uniform and smooth work-flow integration.

In future, there will be a single point of integration for things such as the Digital Locker, Aadhaar, and every department will be integrated with payment gateway, all this will get done in one place now.

UMANG may also save government the money which each department pays to consultants, first for developing tender documents and later for development of the app.