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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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Friday, January 20, 2017

10707 - Civil supplies begins ration card verification in Tamil Nadu - Indian Express

By Sushmitha Ramakrishnan  |  Express News Service  |   Published: 11th December 2016 01:41 AM  |  

CHENNAI: Field verification to ensure all ration cards are linked to Aadhaar cards (the Central government’s unique identification scheme) has been started by the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation, which looks after the public distribution of food grains through ration shops. This has become imperative when, as per reports,  the number of people covered by ration cards is about 7.81 crore, while the State’s population is 7.21 crore.
This follows close on the heels of the State government agreeing to implement the Union government’s National Food Security Act for civil supplies distribution.
A senior official of the Civil Supplies Corporation said  field verification was started on December 5 to ensure Aadhaar numbers of all ration card holders are seeded into the Public Distribution System (PDS) data base. The survey aims to earmark households in urgent need of being alleviated from poverty, households that have been termed Priority Households (PHH). “This tagging of PHH is to make sure that people, who most need supplies, benefit from other targeted schemes such as Annapurna Yojana,” said the official.
Contrary to a targeted PDS for people Below Poverty Line (BPL) that is followed in most States across the country, Tamil Nadu follows a universal system where everybody is entitled to basic fair-price supplies.
This earmarking will not deprive anybody of the ration they receive from PDS outlets, the official clarified.
Door-to-door identification of PHH will eliminate bogus card-holders. Deceased members of families, citizens who have migrated to other states or other districts within the same State, married card-holders whose name still exists on their old family card and people who hold multiple cards with different residences will be removed from the database.
“The linking of Aadhaar number with the ration family card will make sure that one person receives only one unit of basic supplies from the system,” the official said.

So far, over 6.5 crore card holders have linked their Aadhaar cards with the family ration card. This field verification will ensure that the remaining are included too. Data from this survey will be used for the benefit of smart-cards that will be used at point-of-sale machines installed in all fair-price shops across the State. These  point-of-sale machines maintain a digital track of distribution and stock.