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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.


Monday, January 16, 2017

10664 - Despite SC order, private schools make aadhaar mandatory - TNN

Despite SC order, private schools make aadhaar mandatory

Updated: Dec 1, 2016, 06.51 AM IST

CHANDIGARH: Private schools in Chandigarh have invited yet another controversy by making Aadhaar card mandatory for a child's admission to elementary classes. As per Supreme Court ruling, nobody can make the use of aadhaar mandatory. On Wednesday, almost every school uploaded the admission notices on their websites and displayed these on notice boards, with the additional requirement of the aadhaar card. Top city schools including four missionary schools -- St John's High School, Carmel Convent school, Sacred Heart School and St Anne's School -- have asked for aadhaar cards along with other documents. Out of many schools, only a few have not mentioned the need for producing an aadhaar card. 

H S Mamik, president of independent schools association, said: "The government is not insisting on paper but it continues to chase schools to get 100% compliance which is why schools have to ask for aadhaar cards." When asked if it was mandatory in her school, Reema Dewan, principal of Delhi public School, Sector 40, said, "All schools are asking for it. Chandigarh is 100% compliant." 

"Any school insisting for aadhaar card is clearly in contempt of Supreme Court orders. It has been held by the apex court that enrollment for aadhaar Card is voluntary, not compulsory. Parents can get in touch with our association and we will deal with such schools. The education department must also intervene in the matter," said Nitin Goyal president of Chandigarh parents association. 

"Schools should not make aadhaar mandatory for admissions. Many schools have stated that applications would be rejected if documents including copy of aadhaar card are not attached. They must give time to parents and ask them to submit aadhaar before the session begins instead of demanding it at this time," said Vishal Vashisht, a parent from Manimajra housing complex. "Forms have to be submitted till December 12. How are we supposed to get aadhaar card made in 12 days?" rued Snehil Walia, a parent from Sector 18. 

With almost all private schools making it clear in the admission notice that preference will be given under various categories, without mentioning the exact percentage of seats that will be reserved, parents have become more worried. "Schools should clearly mention how many seats they will reserved under preferred category and check forms before accepting them so that parents don't end up giving registration money in too many schools," said Harinder Singh, a parent from Sector 37. 

Fees as always is a matter of worry. "I have checked notices of almost top 10 schools, including missionary schools and all have stated clearly that there will be further increase of minimum 10%. With schools giving preference in seats, seeking documents like aadhaar card for a child's admission, chances of admission, I am not too sure whether our daughter would get admission in schools shortlisted as per out budget." 

Delhi Public School's form too was available on Wednesday. Unlike previous years, the school has not mentioned exact percentage of seats that will be reserved under preferred category. Registration form duly filled in and signed along with requisite documents should be submitted by December 12 in the school between 9am and 12pm. 

All four missionary schools have listed aadhaar requirement without clarifying whether it is mandatory or not. Same is with many other schools including Kundan International, Kids r Kids, Gurukul global school, and others. 

At St Kabir, registration form along with all supporting documents are to be deposited at the school fee counter from 9.30 am to 12.30pm on all days for nursery admission. They have not made aadhaar mandatory and have mentioned "if any" in the requirement field. However, for preferred category, they too have mentioned percentage for only minority quota (20%) and have mentioned that for seats available after filling up of seats under preferred category will be through draw of lots. 

—Admission schedule 
School |||| Draw date

DPS---||| January 19, 2017 
St Kabir School |||| January 17, 2017
Bhavan Vidyalya ||||