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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.

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

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.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

10777 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 4th January 2017

Aadhaar Articles Dated 4th January 2017


Aadhaar,update 4 Januar2017


The Indian Express
The Aadhaar cards of property owners will be linked and details of all the properties that are registered in Chandigarh will appear on the app.



Business Standard
In an innovative move, the government of India has initiated a drive to tag AADHAAR-like identification numbers to cattle so that they are vaccinated on ...





Biometric Update
IDFC Bank has launched an app called Aadhaar Pay that is designed to help the millions of Indian citizens without a smartphone to make digital ...



Jagran Josh
As per UIDAI there are 2000+ jobs vacant for 10th/ 12th and Graduates qualified to apply for Aadhaar Jobs. As per the sources, UIDAI has invited ...






The Indian Express
The BHIM app is supposed to support Aadhaar-based payments, where transactions will be possible with just a fingerprint impression, but that facility ...

Things to know about BHIM App - Big Wire, news that matters



The Hindu
In fact, it was to track these missing students that the State hit upon the idea to use Aadhaar cards for the purpose. With the help of the Aadhaar ...



Times of India
Along with the picture, students' names and corresponding Aadhaar card numbers also have to be uploaded on the Saral website. After following the ...



Scroll.in
We analyse our progress since and predict an increased focus on renewables, more reliable power supply to villages, growing spread of Aadhaar ...






Planet Biometrics
Aadhaar-card based fingerprint recognition identification technology will be used on an experimental basis in local government polls in India.






Governance Now (blog)
As many as 60 stalls of Aadhaar enabled payment system (AEPS) vendors, merchants associations, Aaple Sarkar Seva Kendra operators, fair price ...






Economic Times
Those who make payments through RuPay cards, Aadhaar-Enabled Payment Systems (AEPS), USSD and UPI qualify for the lottery. Around Rs 1.5 ...






NewsX
Amitabh Kant also said that shortly with Aadhaar pay, "everyone who has a smartphone, will actually become a walking ATM. For those with GSM ...






Times of India
Currently, we have debit and credit card acceptance through the Payworld app, and in the pipeline are Aadhaar-based payments (via Aadhaar ...






Hindu Business Line
Urging the villagers to make use of digitised banking activities for speedy and safer transactions, he said smartphones, Aadhaar-enabled bank ...






Calcutta Telegraph
He also highlighted -his efforts of the past 55 days in promoting cashless payments through card machines, Aadhaar-linked mobile pay apps and ...






ETAuto.com
Though as part of the JAM trinity (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile), the government not only opened accounts for every household, it is also pushing to ...






Financial Express
... to the earphone jack of her/his smart-phone, and a person with an Aadhaar-linked bank account can simply put her/his thumb-print on the scanner.






ETHealthworld.com
... will only have to go to the listed centre and give a thumb impression on a biometric reader to avail the facility (the system is linked to Aadhaar card).