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 23, 2016

10611 - Are bank officials misusing KYC documents of customers? - TNN

Rachel Chitra | TNN | Nov 16, 2016, 09.48 AM IST

CHENNAI: Several customers exchanging old demonetised currency notes are flummoxed as bank officials tell them that they have already exchanged notes at the bank, despite it being their very first visit since November 8 announcement of demonetisation by the government. Many customers are alleging that bank officials may be misusing photocopies of KYC and exchanging them to route money out. 

Sridhar Rentala ignored ICICI Bank branch in Cenotaph road in Chennai due to huge crowds, then moved to IDBI Bank. Despite this being his first time since November 8, bank officials said he had already visited the bank two days ago and exchanged currencies. His relationship manager couldn't help and finally he withdrew cash using his cheque book and headed to Mumbai on an official trip. 

P Pandian and his wife P Amutha submitted a requisition letter at the Indian Bank, Big Bazaar counter in Trichyas their proof of identity to exchange their old currency notes on November 13.The bank said that someone had already used their Aadhaar number to exchange currency. They were shocked as they had never exchanged notes and submitted a petition to the Trichy district collector to probe into the matter. 

Other people TOI interviewed also said that though it was their first visit to a bank, bank officials told them "you have already with drawn money. We have proof.Look here is the photocopy of your Aadhaar card." It is believed bank officials are using photocopies already submitted with bank opening, KYC forms to perpetrate fraud.

A Reserve Bank of India official said that it does not require customers to provide photocopies of their identity cards. "They can just show their ID cards. With customers, banks will anyway have their KYC details and other documents. There is no need or requirement for customers to provide additional proof. If there are such instances of manipulation, customers are advised to approach the banking ombudsman, said the official.

P Vasudev a customer of Indian Bank, Ethiraj Salai, was also denied exchange of notes and withdrawal from his own account. "I have been waiting here for the last two hours, and this bank manager is just refusing to budge. He keeps telling me I have already withdrawn and I have no recollection of doing so. It is outrageous," said Vasudev.

"If there are any such instances, customers could make it a practise to sign every photocopy with the date, purpose for submission, bank branch and address to prevent misuse," said a Canara Bank executive. "But then again the system is open to manipulation. While you can sign and fix a date on the fresh photocopies you submit, the bank does have your old KYC forms up on its core banking solution," he added.