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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.

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

Special

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.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

10653 - Now, govt mulls making Aadhaar mandatory for cashless transactions - Hindu Businessline


S RONENDRA SINGH


GoM discusses use of unique ID card on POS units
NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 30:  
A core group of ministers, which has been tasked by the Prime Minister’s Office to promote cashless transactions, on Wednesday discussed the use of Aadhaar for such transactions.
The ministers included Minister of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad; HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar; and Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal. The group felt that Point-of-Sale (PoS) machines should also be Aadhaar enabled.
Government sources told BusinessLine that the Ministers were of the opinion that Aadhaar will play an important role and also reduce the transaction time.
“Apart from making PoS Aadhaar-enabled (which many are already), Piyush Goyal was also of the opinion that Internet banking should also be Aadhaar enabled to formalise the cashless transactions all over the country,” a senior government official said.
The Ministers also discussed the need for public sector banks to make a concerted push towards digitalisation to compete with private banks. Private banks have been more proactive in popularising mobile wallets among their customers.
They have to come out of the PSU mode and think like private players – whether it comes to handling customers or working extra time – to give best services, was the opinion among the Ministers, said the official privy to the meeting adding that the GoMs will arrive at their decisions after discussions with officials.
GoM meetings
The GoMs have been meeting often over the last one week. According to another government official, Prasad had told his officials that, under the current circumstances, the time is ripe for Common Service Centres (under the MeitY) to promote cashless transactions because of their reach in rural and backward areas.
“He has directed all his officials to involve CSCs and make them operational and educate people on a war footing mode so that the centres can be utilised at maximum level,” said an official.
But experts say enabling Aadhaar for Internet banking, especially for personal banking, may lead to disagreements amonglenders and consumers.
“This may mean consumers have to buy a biometric device (whether it’s a smartphone or external device for personal computer) so that they can use their biometrics for authentication even while making transactions from home,” said an analyst requesting anonymity.
However, he also said that one has to wait and watch on what the government decides to do, as authenticity also has to be taken care as phishing and cyber crimes are also in the rise.
(This article was published on November 30, 2016)