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

10783 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 11th January 2017

Aadhaar Articles Dated 11th January 2017

Times of India
BENGALURU: There has been a sharp surge in the number of people enrolling for Aadhaar following demonetisation last November and the Centre's ...

The Hindu
After linking the EPF pension scheme with Aadhaar, the government has now made Aadhaar a must for MGNREGA work. When the Supreme Court ...

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: In a major fillip for Aadhaar-based payments, the government may subsidise the cost of biometric readers -which are attached to ...

The Hindu
Salomi Joseph had been drawing the welfare pension for differently abled without much hassles for the past many years. The only hitch was delay in ...

Chandigarh Tribune
The only Aadhaar card registration centre at the Deputy Commissioner office complex is lying closed for the past four months after the employees of ...

Chandigarh Tribune
Nearly 3,000 private and government establishments in the region have not yet linked Aadhaar cards of their employees with the regional office of the ...

Financial Express
Don't be surprised if in the near future, filing a police complaint requires a person to produce Aadhaar number as all services, benefits and subsidies ...

The Quint
On the first day, when she attempted to procure the Aadhaar card, she was asked by the volunteers in the office to come at different timings during the ...

Aadhaar Expands to Rural Worker Subsidy Program The directive applies to workers receiving government subsidies through the Mahatma Gandhi ...

Planet Biometrics
The chief of the National Institution for Transforming India, a government agency, has suggest that identity solutions led by the biometrics-backed ...

The Hans India
Hyderabad: The State government has proposed to deploy cash withdrawal machines, which will be ' Aadhaar enabled biometric devices' at fair price ...

The Hans India
Hyderabad: Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Monday said that the government would make it mandatory to link all the PF accounts with ...

India Today
The exam dates for Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination (UPSEE) have been released. The exam is conducted for admissions to undergraduate ...

Dena Bank has transformed Gulabpura, near Ahmedabad, into a completely digital payment-enabled village by networking the entire village through ...

Economic Times
BENGALURU | MUMBAI: The battle between digital payment solution providers just grew louder with the proponents of Aadhaar and UPI-based ...

Financial Express
Insurance can be bought online using your Aadhaar card. You can enter your card number and the system gets your details from the UIDAI system, ...

The Hindu
According to him, the designated district officials will have to prepare an action plan and ensure Aadhaar seeding since many villagers did not provide ...

Biometric Update
“The government's aim is to allow financial transactions from anywhere, devices which should also have the ability of scanning for Aadhaar-based ...

The Indian Express
The bank accounts and Aadhaar numbers of all the 18 national-level wrestlers participating in the dangal are already up on the administration's ...

The Hindu
... the second was for outstanding creation of Aadhaar-linked public distribution system and the third was for Aadhaar-linked cashless payments.

The Hindu
Maharashtra has a total of 6,06,71,379 savings accounts of which 2,98,95,613 have been seeded with Aadhaar and another 3,93,37,820 seeded with ...

The New Indian Express
The longest and possibly the only queue was witnessed at a Common Services Centre offering to make new Aadhaar cards or make corrections in the ...

Catch News
Students, teachers and staff members will also explain to them how to make Aadhaar-based payments," said professor Anil Kumar, convenor of ...

Huffington Post India
He asked for their Aadhaar cards. The complainant has alleged that only the ones who had Aadhaar card were allowed to enter. Later, after the ...

Summary: Mr. Nair has contended that Mr. Singh laundered black money using multiple Aadhaar and PAN cards, and amassed considerable wealth ...

Business Standard
Nilekani, who quit Infosys to run the Aadhaar project as the chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has been an active ...