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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

10575 - You may soon enter Bengaluru airport with Aadhaar card - Economic Times


By Aritra Sarkhel, ET Bureau | Updated: Nov 02, 2016, 02.44 PM IST

For one, Aadhaar cards are not mandatory and hundreds of thousands of passengers--both Indian citizens and foreigners--are unlikely to be registered with it.

BENGALURU: Bangalore International Airport Ltd is preparing to introduce biometric screening at the entry for holders of India's digital identity numbers, the first step in adding a layer of security and efficiency at one of the country's busiest airports. 

"The process of manual verification of identity is a security concern and a pain point for the consumer. We want to digitize and automate the process to make the entire experience memorable and hassle-free," said Hari Marar, President, Airport Operations, BIAL, the operator of Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport. "The process should be as simple as waving my hand to get entry into the airport." 

Bengaluru airport is currently testing the feasibility of the concept with technology vendors Morpho of France and Vision Box of Portugal. Hyderabad airport implemented biometric screening last year and, according to some biometric industry reports, the Mumbai and Delhi airports, too, are set to introduce e-boarding. 

Given the heightened global threat to high-profile places such as airports, biometric screening biometric screening is expected to provide benefits beyond mere passenger convenience and reduction in security personnel. A few foreign airports, including some in the United States, have begun implementing biometric screening of passengers. 

"Biometrics-based airport entry is important considering India is witnessing air traffic growth in excess of 21%. Moreover, it will reduce the time taken by a guard in scrutinising tickets and identity cards," said Amber Dubey, partner and India head for aerospace and defence at consultancy firm KPMG. Bengaluru airport handled nearly 10.5 million passengers in the first half of this year, the third-busiest by passenger traffic behind the Delhi and Mumbai airports. 

More than 1 billion people in India have been issued Aadhaar cards, for which facial, iris and fingerprint data are recorded into a national digital registry. 

The biometric data and digital identification numbers have been put to a number of uses, including for identity verification in issuing passports and direct transfer of cash subsidies under various welfare schemes. But for Bengaluru airport's initiative to have any security impact, several legal and procedural challenges have to be overcome, said Dubey. 

For one, Aadhaar cards are not mandatory and hundreds of thousands of passengers--both Indian citizens and foreigners--are unlikely to be registered with it. 

Also, Bengaluru airport's biometric scanning system would have to be linked both to the Aadhaar database as well as to the National Crime Records Bureau's database to flag any person on the no-fly list. 

Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport last year introduced an end-to-end e-boarding initiative based on biometric screening. It "uses Aadhaar card data to verify identity and data from the airline departure control system to ensure that a person entering the airport is a bona fide passenger," said Kannan Sivasubramanian, executive VP at research firm Aranca.