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.

August 24, 2017: The nine-judge Constitution Bench rules that right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty” and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World; indeed it's the only thing that ever has"

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” - Edward Snowden


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


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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

10775 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 2nd January 2017

Aadhaar Articles Dated 2nd January 2017

The Hindu
TIRUCHI: Employees and officers of various agencies working at the Tiruchi international airport will have to furnish their Aadhaar card while applying ...

Economic Times
"With the application of the eSign facility, a large number of the subscriber having Aadhaar number will be able to open NPS account without any ...

The Indian Express
Ludhiana: Over 100 duped after 'Aadhaar card' promise. The suspect told people that he would bring staff and “Aadhar card-making machines” in the ...

The New Indian Express
Although Supreme Court had maintained that Aadhaar card is not mandatory for getting the subsidy, the confusion persists as the Government has ...

Times of India
HYDERABAD: Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) app for Aadhaar-enabled payments released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday can be an ...

Times of India
Mangaluru: Parivarthan Charitable Trust is organizing an Aadhaar registration camp for transgenders at its office, which will continue till January 2.

Financial Express
As India slowly emerges out of the inertia caused by the demonetisation drive, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says that India is tech savvy and ...

Economic Times
An increased focus on renewable energy, more reliable power supply to villages, growing spread of Aadhaar -- the national identification system ...

Deccan Chronicle
Only last week, government announced yet another option, the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) where you don't even need a phone, but ...

Daily Excelsior
Sharma highlighted that majority of the population of the area has still not received Aadhaar Cards and some have not even been enrolled for the ...

Hindu Business Line
In a bid to promote cashless transactions, Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt Ltd on Friday introduced Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) in its ...

Pune Mirror
Also, the party has given a list of documents required with the form, including Aadhaar card, PAN card, bank account or cancelled cheque, updated ...

The Hindu
The circular added that lists have been prepared with respect to those who have furnished their Aadhaar details and those who have not done so, ...

The Indian Express
BHIM will support Aadhaar-based payments as well. The feature is supposed to go live soon. Once launched, users will be able to make transactions ...

The newly announced Aadhaar Payment App for merchants is said to eradicate the need for payment machines for cashless transactions where a ...

Times of India
Here, new banks accounts are opened every day , Aadhaar cards are created and mobile linkages are offered to the newly banked villagers.

Financial Express
I see the India Stack (the complete set of API including Aadhaar for Authentication) as an accelerator for digitising the consumer—taking advantage of ...

These PoS machines, which are expected to be installed by March-end, will be used for Aadhaar-based banking transactions," said an official from the ...

The scheme would be linked to the Aadhaar number of the beneficiary and citizens would be eligible for the insurance by providing Aadhaar number ...