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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

10726 - For some establishments in Delhi, demonetisation has meant more profit - Hindustan Times

DELHI Updated: Dec 14, 2016 13:58 Ist


Hindustan Times

Petrol stations became the most sought after place as the government allowed banned currency here till December 2.(Arun Sharma/HT FILE)

The demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes caused losses to businesses ranging from a grocery store dealing in few thousands rupees to a car company with turnover in crores. However, for some establishments the cash crunch had resulted in increased customers and profits.

Departmental stores
Several departmental stores in Delhi said that their business had increased after demonetization as the customers wanted to pay through credit or debit cards - a facility that the neighbourhood kirana stores did not have. A shopkeeper at Gourmet Fresco in Defence Colony market said, “We now get several customers from the neighbouring Kotla area also as most of the shops there do not have swipe card facilities.” The shopkeeper at Radha Krishna Store, a departmental store in Central Delhi’s Bengali Market said the only thing that has changed after demonetization is that while 80% of payments were earlier in cash, the equation has now reversed. The owner of a departmental store in Khan Market said that they now get customers even from areas like Safdarjung and Lajpat Nagar. “For us it is a win-win situation as we are earning more than we did earlier,” he said. Similarly, the owner of Soni Super Market in New Ashok Nagar said that since there are very few stores that have card facilities in the area, his shop’s sales haver gone up three times.

Aadhaar Enrolment Centres
Aadhaar Cards are made by Enrolment Centres under the guidance and rules laid by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Most enrolment centres in Delhi said that the demand has doubled since the demonetization was announced. Ashish Vijay, a resident of Sarita Vihar, who runs one such enrolment centre said, “I recently had a camp in Saket where more than 250 people participated. Earlier, such camps saw not more than 150 people. Jitender, a resident of Mandawli, who runs an enrolment centre said, “Earlier, we had to request people for space to set up a camp but now the RWAs are calling us to set up counters.” This is primarily because people think that it will soon be mandatory for people to link with bank accounts with Aadhaar, he added.

Point of Sale (POS) or swipe machines

Most banks said that there has been an overwhelming demand for POS machines. A POS machine, loosely referred as a swipe machine, is used to make card payments and is installed in shops by private vendors in partnership with banks. Banks make an estimate of the sales and set the limit to which cash could be swiped. Banks also monitor the transactions. A banker with the Indian Bank in East Delhi said that since demonetisation he had received requests from 20 businessmen for the machines — far more that the requests received over six months. A State Bank of India official said that earlier the bank had to request businessmen to take swipe machines but now traders make repeated calls for the machine as the bank is struggling to meet the surge in demand.

Safal and Mother Dairy outlets
The government’s rule that old ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes could be used at Mother Dairy and Safal stores increase the footfall at these shops. A Safal outlet owner in Defence Colony said that sales reached up to ₹2.5 lakh on some days after demonetization. “We sold goods for around ₹30,000 on an average but for at least five days after demonetization was announced, the sales touched more than one lakh figure. Several goods were over and more than 50 people were in queue on some days.” Another Safal shop owner in Mayur Vihar said his sales had increased more than thrice and people who never came to his shop were now visiting.

Petrol stations
Petrol stations became the most sought after place as the government allowed banned currency here till December 2. A petrol station owner in Safdarjung said that for a week after December 8 — the day when demonetization was announced — the sales were at least three times more but people mostly paid in old currency. Another owner in Mayur Vihar said that though the station earned more than twice for a week after demonetization the business had seen a decline since December 2.