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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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Saturday, January 21, 2017

10739 - Pay tuition fees online, canteen payments through PayTm: Varsities in Gujarat to go cashless - Business Standard


CEPT University is also going cashless for students in availing campus facilities
Vinay Umarji  |  Ahmedabad 
December 15, 2016 Last Updated at 09:45 IST

Now, students at Vishwakarma Government Engineering College (VGEC) need not worry about paying late library submission fees through cash. VGEC is one of the several colleges affiliated to Gujarat Technological University (GTU), which is on its way to become completely cashless.

Post November 8, since the demonetisation kicked in, cash crunch along with government's push for a cashless economy, varsities in Gujarat are on a mission mode to digitalise all kinds of payments. Colleges affiliated to GTU have been working with leading banks for taking multiple steps to push for cashless transactions.

For instance, while tuition fees are being accepted online since last two years, petty cash transactions such as penalty payments, library fees and other administration fees are now being accepted through payment kiosks being set up within the campuses. Moreover, canteens, which are mostly run on third party contracts, have also been equipped with point of sales (PoS) card readers by banks, apart from being encouraged to use Paytm and other mobile payment gateways by the university affiliated colleges.

"We accept all tuition fees online since two years. Honorarium for exams and paper checking to faculty is also through RTGS. Some of the colleges also pay salaries online. However, after demonetisation, SBI Gateway kiosks have been put up which has a payment gateway for payment of smaller cash transactions such as penalty, library fee, etc. We have asked canteens to go for Paytm while SBI and other banks are setting up PoS there," said Rajul Gajjar, officiating vice-chancellor of GTU. The varsity has in all 440 colleges affiliated to it, of which 12 are government colleges, 34 are polytechnic institutes and rest are self-financed colleges.

Similarly, CEPT University is also going cashless for students in availing campus facilities. The varsity, which began as a standalone architecture and urban planning institute, has now introduced a smart identity card for the students which will enable them to use it has a cash card. The card can be utilised at several facilities in the campus, including the canteen, stationary and printing, and can be recharged through cheque payment.

According to Ganesh Devkar, Director of Student Service Office and professor at CEPT University, every facility at the campus including canteens and libraries will have a card reader. The new cashless system will be launched on January 9, 2017.

"The initiative of introducing this card was taken in the interest of the students. It is a smart card and a multipurpose one. The RIFD code in the card helps the students to utilise for facilities in the campus like canteen, stationary and printing purposes. The students have to issue a cheque in the name of the university and the amount will get reflected in the card. The concept of the smart card was conceived a few months ago, but in the present scenario of cash crunch this facility has been a help for the students, especially those who are from other parts of the country," said Devkar. The varsity has over 1500 students, apart from faculty and staff.

GTU is also conducting a drive to link Aadhaar numbers and bank accounts of students and faculty members alike for the digitisation process.

"As GTU is made up of 95 per cent technical students, the university has decided to spread cashless awareness in such a way that each student gives proper understanding to 20 families. Senior officials from SBI, ICICI, HDFC and PayTm guided principals about latest techniques, apps and its uses for a cashless transaction," Gajjar added.

The varsity is also going to introduce DigiLocker system, which will also link Aadhaar number of students to enable them to use their mark sheets or transcripts through a simple login ID from anywhere in the world. According to GTU, all colleges are expected to prepare Aadhaar cards of all students within a month.

Varsities in Gujarat to go cashless

- Online payment of fees, RTGS for honorarium fees

- Internet kiosks for students for paying smaller amounts such as exam fees

- PoS being set up by banks at canteens, other utilities

- RFID enabled smart cards for students


- Drive to link Aadhaar and bank accounts of students, faculty