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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

10603 - Small units line up workers to convert black into white - New Indian Express

By Meera Bhardwaj  |  Express News Service  |   Published: 15th November 2016 02:01 AM  |  

BENGALURU: While the Centre is plugging black money holes, small industrial units in the city are inventing ingenious ways to convert black into white.

They are lining up their workers and asking them to use their Aadhaar cards to legally exchange the cash in small chunks. They are exchanging money ranging from Rs 4,000-Rs 12,000 per individual, and some are giving them offs and also paying an incentive of Rs 150-Rs 1,500 per worker. The huge rush of people that one sees at bank branches comprise these helpless workers too.

In the last three days, owners of several manufacturing units in Peenya, Rajajinagar, Kanakapura Road, Chikkalasandra, Uttarahalli, Bannerghata Road and Mysore Road have been using their staff to exchange old notes.

This reporter who visited a few areas found that small scale manufacturers located in Uttarahalli and Kanakpura Road had sent their workers to nearby residential colonies for exchange of their black money. And local residents had a tough time to get their money exchanged despite holding accounts.

A woman worker of a mixie unit located just 400 metres from Uttarahalli Circle was standing in the queue for almost six hours. Sarala (name changed) said, “We were given Rs 4,000 each with our Aadhaar card photocopied and asked to exchange for new notes. I have returned the exchanged money to our employer but he did not give me any incentive. However, the next day, we were again given Rs 4,000 and asked to exchange but were given Rs 150 extra. I did it for two days but others stood in the queue the third day too.”

On the first day itself, this mixie manufacturer got an estimated Rs 15-18 lakh converted through the help of his 350 employees. Raghu, a worker said, “We have managed to convert money to the tune of Rs 45-50 lakh by going to different banks in the nearby residential layouts.”


Srinivas, a resident of AGS layout, said, “We wondered about the heavy rush at our banks, located in interior areas. Many workers descended from November 11-14 at these bank branches that are normally peaceful. When we questioned them, they said they were being forced to convert their employers’ black money.”

Calling this as a small example of misuse of Prime Minister Modi’s efforts to tackle  black money, former FKCCI president and industrialist J Crasta says, “With Bengaluru urban and rural having nearly 4,500 such small scale units, the conversion of black will amount to 5 per cent only. It will not have much of an impact on a trillion Indian economy. Workers fear losing their jobs. Further, there is no way the government can track the conversion of such small amounts.”