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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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10746 - Around 1 lakh students sign up for HRD Ministry’s Digital Financial Literacy Campaign - India.com


The Digital Financial Literacy Campaign is involving the students of higher educational institutes for promoting digital economy.


By Kristina Das | Published: December 16, 2016 1:13 PM IST


Around 1 lakh students sign up for HRD Ministry's Digital Financial Literacy Campaign

From the time demonetisation came into effect, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked the students to support the HRD ministry’s VITTIYA SAKSHARATA ABHIYAN or VISAKA. The Digital Financial Literacy Campaign has been started from December 12, 2016 and going to end on January 12, 2017. The campaign is involving the students of higher educational institutes for promoting digital economy. The Government is targeting 500 cities having more than one lakh population.  And from the very first day, it is getting a very good response. After receiving a tremendous response the government in hoping that the number of volunteers will reach 25 lakh soon.

On Thursday, at a press meet the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the more than one lakh students having volunteered for the campaign within the first four days. 


The Minister also added that “the training of students will start from tomorrow onwards and more and more students are joining the training programme.” So the training of students is going to start from today itself, i.e. on December 16.

Prakash Javadekar, also mentioned that this campaign is the biggest digital transformation of the country after Independence. He also said that Government officers, Bankers and administrators will be roped in to impart the training. After the training, the students will educate their family members and other families in their neighborhood motivating them to go in for digital payment. He said that he himself would address about 25000 students on December 20, 2016 at Pune.

During the training period, students will be trained about the opening of an account, linking Aadhaar card with Bank account, linking Mobile to Aadhaar card and all other required information for digital literacy for transforming cash society to less cash society. They will be imparted training in Aadhaar based payment system, pre-paid card, Unified Payments Interface (UPI), Mobile wallet, Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD).

For adopting the digital mode of payment, many incentives are being offered by the Government. On regular basis, HRD Ministry will be monitoring public response about this campaign on its website.

The Minister said that the country has the adequate wherewithal of 100 crore Aadhaar Cards, 100 crore mobiles, 120 crores saving Banking Accounts, 77 crore debit cards, 3 crore credit cards to make this digital payments campaign, a big success.

Published Date: December 16, 2016 1:13 PM IST
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