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


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


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.

Friday, December 9, 2016

10571 - Newborns to be enrolled under Aadhaar scheme - TNN

Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Updated: Nov 1, 2016, 08.21 AM IST

The state government will enrol all newborn children under the Aadhaar scheme immediately after birth from now. The 12-digit unique identification number will be linked up with the birth registration number. Also, the government has decided to enrol all children up to the age of 5 years too. 

The state's urban development department issued a notification on October 29 launching the Aadhaar Linked Birth Registration (ALBR) Project. The state's public health department will be the registrar/authority for ALBR. Till now the local self governing bodies and district administration were the authorities. 

As per the central government's directives, the state started Aadhaar enrolment on a large scale from 2011. Biometric attributes — finger print, Iris images — were mandatory for enrolment. Now, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has come up with Child Enrolment Lite Client (CELC) which is a tablet-based system in which Aadhaar enrolment can be done based on only picture and details of the beneficiary. 

Making use of CELC, the government has authorized the district's zilla parishad women and child welfare department to enrol all children below the age of 5 years under Aadhaar. The ZP here has now decided to appoint 126 supervisors under it as Aadhaar operators. 

With the help of CELC, the public health department will begin enrolment of newborn child under Aadhaar. The department will appoint government and private hospitals permitted for deliveries as Aadhaar operators. The hospitals will first fill details of newborn child for birth registration under Civil Registration System controlled by Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. It is a common process now for birth registration and obtaining birth certificates.

Once the birth registration number is approved by concerned authorities of civic bodies, the hospitals will enrol the newborn child under Aadhaar by taking into account the birth registration number. 

For enrolment under Aadhar, the parents must have Aadhaar registration along with proof of relationship document. The newborn child's Aadhaar number will be created on the basis of his/her parents' Aadhaar number. The newborn child's Aadhaar number will be linked with the parents' Aadhaar number.

Then Aadhaar's enrolment number will be linked up with birth registration number. The enrolment will be done without name and can be updated going on the website of UIDAI. The newborn child's biometric attributes will not be taken in this system. The child will have to complete biometric attributes once s/he attains the age of 6.

NMC official told TOI that the new system will ensure enrolment of all citizens under Aadhaar. "The population of the district is 46,53,570 as per the 2011 census. It is expected to increase to 49,22,779 as on 2015. Aadhaar registration of 2,71,373 people has been completed. Enrolment of children between the age group of 0-5 years will ensure registration of all under Aadhaar and to be a continuous procedure," he said.