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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


Special

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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Economic Times
The government is coming up with an 'Aadhaar Payment App' that could silence digital payments critics. The new app would do away with plastic ...





Times of India
NASHIK: As much as 98.65% of the 61.07 lakh population in Nashik district (2011 Census) have enrolled for Aadhaar numbers, with Surgana taluka ...






Chandigarh Tribune
Minister of State of External Affairs V K Singh (R) with MEAs spokesperson Vikas Swarup (L) at the launch of Twitter Sewa for MEA India, in New Delhi ...



Scroll.in
Aadhaar, India's biometrics-based unique identity number, has become vital for accessing an ever-widening range of government services, but ...






Times of India
HYDERABAD: The government is gearing up for Aadhaar-enabled payments post-demonetisation and have chalked out plans to link 470 schemes ...






Chandigarh Tribune
Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu today said the banks should highlight the role of Aadhaar-Enabled Payment System (AEPS) to achieve the objective ...






News Today
Chennai: Food Department officials have said that so far only 91 lakh ration card holders have submitted their Aadhaar details. A review meeting was ...






Economic Times
Shirki, a village in Pen Taluka in Maharashtra is now the epicentre for SBI, which will promote Aadhaar number-based merchant payments in the light ...






NYOOOZ
"BPL card aspirants should submit documents of electricity bill, Aadhaar and residential proof. The department will shortly give cash coupons to ...






ExamsWatch
RRB says the use of Aadhaar is a convenient and hassle free mode of verification of identity. Falling in lines with the education boards and the ...






The Hindu
MIWA joint-secretary Rajesh Gupta said that the workers were being reportedly approached by touts who were charging Rs.200 for making Aadhaar ...






Times of India
Visakhapatnam: After promoting use of e-point of sale (ePoS) machines and e-wallets, the state government is mooting Aadhaar-Enabled ...






HERE. NOW
Bhubaneswar: Expressing concern over poor registration of students for JEE Main 2017 due to mandatory Aadhaar enrolment, the state government ...






The Asian Age
... only when the sadhus/sanyasis furnish at least one official document (like Aadhaar card, PAN card, etc) that already shows the guru's name listed in ...






Times of India
Some of the ration depot holders are duping people on the pretext that their blue cards have not been linked with the Aadhaar Cards, whereas in ...






India Today
... Friday said that that his government has developed a technology to carry out cashless transactions using Aadhaar card and smartphones connected ...






Business Standard
A person can make payments using his/her cards, mobile phones and Aadhaar today given the fact that there are 105 crore mobile phones, 109 crore ...






Hindu Business Line
... there is no legal requirement to intimate to the Government the deceased's PAN number or other details such as passport and Aadhaar number.