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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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Sunday, January 22, 2017

10767 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 28th December 2016,



The Indian Express
Ahead of launching the demonetisation drive, the Finance Ministry had sought Law Ministry's opinion whether Aadhaar submission could be made ...



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: In order to beef up security at airports, all employees working at these facilities across the country will have to furnish their Aadhaar ...



Firstpost
On 24 December, Economic Times announced the imminent launch of an Aadhaar Payment App for merchants. No such app showed up on the Play ...






Tech2
Bank of Maharashtra has made Malangaon village in the state completely cashless by opening Aadhaar-linked bank accounts for its residents.






India.com
Aadhaar card became mandatory for JEE Main 2017 application process. And thus, many of the aspirants who do not have Aadhaar card are facing ...






Times of India
"I have an Aadhaar card, but my bank told me that there is no cash and that ... into the accounts of beneficiaries by linking it to Aadhaar card number.






Business Today
AEPS has been a game changer for promoting Aadhaar as a financial address to strengthen financial inclusion. The services offered under this ...



Livemint
Aadhaar-based authentication APIs already power subscriber enrolment in telecom companies, allowing them to deploy e-KYC solutions that rely on ...






Financial Express
In the wake of promoting digitisation, the CM said there are 4 ways of dealing with issues in future – AEPS or Aadhaar Pay, mobile phones, swiping ...






The Hindu
The committee, headed by former Finance Secretary Ratan P Watal, proposed that Aadhaar be used as an alternate for KYC for people who don't ...



Times of India
He further said that there seems to be no rationale in making Aadhaar a compulsion for students to apply for seats through the quota. "A child's birth ...






Hindustan Times
Every villager has an Aadhaar number and the 12 village shops have Paytm accounts. But, grocer Ashok Kumar says he only accepts cash -- his ...






The Hindu
Efforts are on to see that at least one person in the family has a bank account linked with Aadhaar number so that the entire family can transact without ...






The Indian Express
The department of telecom had accepted Aadhaar as a valid document for the issuance of mobile SIMs in January 2011; but it took almost five years to ...






The Hindu
... at Peramanur here on Tuesday alleging irregularities and delay in linking Aadhaar number. Led by its district secretary N. Praveen Kumar, members ...






Hindu Business Line
All political donations should be accepted only with PAN or Aadhaar card. For rail travel, even if I have a hard copy ticket, I have to prove my identity.






DailyO
At the counter, she got a bank official to overlook the fact that my mother was not carrying the original Aadhaar card, but only a photocopy. (That the ...






Business Standard
Seeding of Aadhaar numbers in Pensioners' Accounts. MoS Dr Jitendra Singh directed that priority should be given to pensioners visiting the bank ...