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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

10771 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 31st December 2016,



The New Indian Express
Aimed at preventing the misuse of the fare concession facility, passengers will have their Aadhaar card details authenticated before they are able to ...






Business Standard
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched an Aadhaar-based mobile payment application called BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money).



Scroll.in
India's Aadhaar or Unique Identity number has been the subject of considerable examination and criticism in the six years of its existence and indeed ...






The News Minute (press release) (blog)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched an Aadhaar-based mobile payment application at 'DigiDhan Mela' in New Delhi to promote and ...



Times of India
KOLHAPUR: The district administration still has a long way to go 'cashless' as over 20 lakh bank accounts are yet to be linked with the Aadhaar ...






HERE. NOW
Bhubaneswar: The state government has decided to charge fees for enrolment of Aadhaar cards at all centres entrusted with the task.






Scroll.in
More recently, we have had “Identity Project”, an ongoing series on and around Aadhaar. Six articles written separately by two authors – Anumeha ...






Bar & Bench
In September this year, VP Joy, the Central PF Commissioner spoke about ongoing attempts to link the Aadhaar with the Universal Account Numbers ...






Chandigarh Tribune
Owing to poor infrastructure, Haryana has failed to implement the 'Automation of Fair Price Shops', a scheme for Aadhaar-linked ration distribution ...






The Navhind Times
PANAJI: IDFC Bank's, Aadhaar Pay went live in Goa on Friday. A micro-ATM and the first in Goa, it has been provided to a shop owner in Porvorim.






All About News
Imagine a scenario where you buy goods and make the payment just by punching your Aadhaar card, using your fingerprint for identification and ...






The Wire
That said, there were a few detailed debates on bills such as the Aadhaar Bill which was discussed for over seven hours and the amendment to the ...






Military Technologies
THERE are two ways to sign up to Jio, a new and irresistibly priced mobile-telephony service which Mukesh Ambani, the boss of Reliance Industries, ...






The Hindu
The longest and possibly the only queue was witnessed at a Common Services Centre (CSC) counter offering to make new Aadhaar cards or make ...






Times of India
Few people had to face inconvenience as they failed to bring photo copies of Aadhaar and PAN cards with them — required for depositing old notes ...






The Hindu
Now, with the linkage of bank accounts with Aadhaar, only milk suppliers of the State will get incentive money provided by the government, Mr. Manju ...






Times of India
Mahesh brought Sayamma's aadhaar card. Photos of the victim taken after the accident matched that on the aadhaar card," the inspector said, adding, ...