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.

Monday, January 16, 2017

10681 - Soon, centralised biometric attendance for medical college faculty - The Hindu


To crack down on doctors posing as ghost faculty in medical colleges and ensure they do not indulge in private practice during working hours, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has initiated the process of implementing centralised “Online Faculty Attendance Monitoring System” (OFAMOS).

The move, part of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s Digital Mission Mode Project (DMMP), aims at bringing in transparency and accountability of faculty attendance. It will be implemented from the coming academic year.

The MCI, which issued a circular in this regard on November 22, has directed deans and principals of all medical colleges in the country to ensure that the attendance of doctors is recorded through biometric fingerprint system twice a day.

Ghost faculty
So far, medical colleges (both government and private) have been arranging ghost faculty, who are not on the rolls, during annual MCI inspections of colleges for recognition, approval and renewal.
MCI executive committee member H.N. Ravindra said there have been several complaints about many private medical colleges not having any real faculty in critical subjects, especially in postgraduate courses of super-specialised degrees. Also, the MCI has noted that some doctors indulge in private practise during working hours.
“Based on the complaints, MCI set up a committee that recommended a centralised Aadhaar-linked attendance system to ensure quality medical education,” he said.
While the issue of ghost faculty is high in private medical colleges, doctors indulging in private practise is more rampant in government medical colleges across the country, he said.
The MCI has mandated installation of biometric fingerprint attendance machines to capture faculty attendance using OFAMOS on the college premises. Each college will have multiple machines to facilitate easy access to the faculty, the circular stated.

However, Director of Medical Education S. Sacchidanand told The Hindu that the system of arranging for ghost faculty in government medical colleges during annual inspections had come down drastically now as the government had recruited the required number of faculty in most colleges.
“The vacancy is less than 10 per cent in the colleges and that too at the junior level, and deficiency up to 20 per cent is permissible during inspections,” he said.
One-time registration
According to the MCI circular, every medical college has to make a one-time registration of all faculty in OFAMOS. The colleges should also make available faculty data along with Aadhaar details for verification at the time of registration.
While the initial cost of biometric devices will be borne by the council, the maintenance will be done by colleges. “As the Union Health Ministry is keen to implement DMMP, every college has to strictly comply with the new rule failing which they will face action,” the circular said.

The move aims
at bringing in transparency and accountability of faculty attendance