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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 23, 2016

10593 - Mumbai: Man tries to impersonate bank manager at his own bank to get currency notes - Indian Express

Jain deals in plywood and laminates. He also worked as an agent helping people get Aadhaar cards and doing the required paperwork. He had kept a copy of all the Aadhaar cards he had processed, and one of his customers had been the bank manager

Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Updated: November 12, 2016 1:43 am


The case is now being probed by officials at Bhandup police station. It has also shown the manner in which the exchange process takes place is not foolproof.(AP Photo/ Anupam Nath)

WHAT are the chances that one impersonates a bank official and uses his copy of Aadhaar card for depositing demonetised currency in the same bank where the official works? Jayesh Jain, a plywood dealer, found it the hard way Thursday, after an alert bank clerk flagged Jain’s application. Jain now faces charges of impersonation and cheating under the Indian Penal Code, and questions on the amount of cash he has stocked that needs to be exchanged.

He also stands to answer questions on what other ways he may have misused copies of the Aadhaar card.

The case is now being probed by officials at Bhandup police station. It has also shown the manner in which the exchange process takes place is not foolproof. “Serious probe will follow if banks bring such cases forward. Such cases will be checked thoroughly,” said Deven Bharti, Joint Commissioner of Police.
Since Tuesday midnight, the hawala markets have been in a turmoil with many trying their best to clear excess wads of stocked cash. While many tried to transfer the value of the demonetised currency by buying gold in the secondary market, many have been trying to sell cash in the black market. Jain showed his ingenuity as he tried to misuse the data available with him. Jain deals in plywood and laminates and has a shop near NKGSB Co-operative Bank branch on LBS road in Bhandup. He also worked as an agent helping people get Aadhaar cards and doing the required paperwork.

“Jain had kept a copy of all Aadhaar cards processed by him. He decided to take advantage of the ‘extra’ Aadhaar cards and go to other banks and get some more new currency and replace the defunct notes he had,” says Sripad Kale, senior inspector of Bhandup police station, “He approached NKGSB branch near his shop in Bhandup with the Aadhaar card of one of his applicants.”

The alert clerk identified the photograph in the Aadhaar card as that of the bank manager from another branch. The clerk alerted her branch head who immediately called for the bank manager.

Jain, the police confirmed, showed signs of discomfort and repeatedly asked the staff on the cause of delay. On persistent questioning, he was told he didn’t look like the person in the photograph. “He simply said he had lost a lot of weight in the last few months and hence was looking different,” says the investigating officer.

In the meantime, the manager whose identity papers had been compromised reached the place and watched him from a distance. “He recognized Jain as the person who had processed his Aadhaar card for him,” Kale said. The bank officials soon contacted the Bhandup police who reached the bank and started questioning Jain.
“During questioning, he told us he had made an extra copy of the Aadhaar card which he had kept with himself. He had plans to go to other banks as well with other Aadhaar cards he had,” confirmed Kale. “We are trying to find out where else had he misused Aadhaar cards of other applicants in the past,” said a senior officer.

The bank was contacted but they refused to divulge any details. Jain will now have to also explain the amount he planned to exchange, and the need to misuse identity papers if the limit was anyway set for Rs 4000 for an extended period.

mohamed.thaver@expressindia.com