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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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Saturday, December 24, 2016

10632 - With only 33% seeding completed by banks, deadline for linking Aadhaar with MNREGA to be missed- Economic Times


By Aman Sharma, ET Bureau | Updated: Nov 26, 2016, 09.41 AM IST

While the government completed only 78% seeding of Aadhaar into its NREGA online database so far, only 33% of seeding target has been achieved by banks.

NEW DELHI: Amidst the demonetization exercise and government's push to transition from cash-to-digital, the deadline fixed by the Prime Minister for Aadhaar-based cashless payments to nearly 11 Cr workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGA), will be missed. 

The Centre fixed a December 31 deadline for all electronic payments under NREGA to transition to an Aadhaar-based and authenticated payment system. But bank accounts of only 33% workers, Rs 3.57 Cr to be precise, could be made Aadhaar-Based Payment (APB) enabled by November 22. 

Big states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat reported just 9%, 10% and 16% compliance respectively in terms of bank accounts. Overall, only 3% and 8% of total NREGA payments in Bihar and UP respectively are presently on Aadhaar-based platform. 



"The workers have to come to the bank and fill a consent form to link their Aadhaar to account...banks held workshops but results aren't as desired. It will take more time than anticipated," a senior government official told ET, highlighting the banking challenge in rural India. 

Currently, all NREGA payments are made into bank accounts of 10.88 Cr workers through electronic mode. Earlier this year, the Centre decided Aadhaar numbers of all workers would be seeded by the government into the NREGA online database and their bank accounts linked with the same so that the electronic payments are Aadhaar-authenticated to cut on frauds and impersonation. The recently-enacted Aadhaar Act mandates this. 

While the government completed only 78% seeding of Aadhaar into its NREGA online database so far, only 33% of seeding target has been achieved by banks. "Banks insisted they need consent from NREGA workers to make their account Aadhaar-enabled. It is a challenge to get NREGA workers to banks...and banks are presently busy in demonetization exercise," an official said. 

The problem is acute in UP and Bihar as well as BJP-ruled states like Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh besides West Bengal. In UP, out of 1.06 Cr NREGA workers, the government has been able to seed Aadhaar numbers of 78% of them (83.4 lakh) in the NREGA online database but conversion to Aadhaar-based payments has been made for only 8% bank accounts (7.8 lakh). 

So far, consent of only 26.8 lakh workers have been taken by banks for Aadhaar-based payments. Likewise in Bihar, out of 45 lakh NREGA workers, Aadhaar numbers of only 13 lakh stand seeded in NREGA database and only 1.43 lakh bank accounts are Aadhaar-enabled. "States have to take up speedy conversion of bank accounts of NREGA workers into ABP enabled accounts with utmost importance," the Centre has said in a recent missive. 


Nearly 1/3rd of NREGA bank accounts are in postal banks - which are still to be configured fully on the Core Banking Solution - delaying the seeding further. In the other major subsidy scheme of LPG Pahal, which is essentially urban-based, the Centre has been able to achieve nearly 80% of bank accounts being made Aadhaar-payment based. This figure stands at almost 95% for cash transfer of food subsidy scheme - again in certain urban areas of the country so far. "NREGA is a different cup of tea, given the banking challenges in rural sector," an official says.