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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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Thursday, February 9, 2017

10826 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 6th February 2017



Economic Times
As opposition members said that the notification has made Aadhaar card mandatory, Tomar said the government has not made Aadhaar mandatory to ...






The Hindu
An Aadhaar biometric identity card, issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), is arranged for a photograph in Mumbai, India, ...






The Indian Express
After wallets, BHIM and UPI (unified payment interface), Aadhaar-based payment system is going to be the next game change in digital banking, says ...






Economic Times
NEW DELHI: In a major push for cashless transactions, PoS machines for credit/debit card as well as Aadhaar-based transactions will be installed at ...



Times of India
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday directed Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government to register details of identity of every ...



Times of India
The reason being 30% of the enrolled workers under the scheme are yet to get their Aadhaar numbers linked to their bank and post office accounts.



Times of India
MUMBAI: Exposing chink in a bank's security system, a 40-year-old city businessman lost Rs 2.49 lakh to a Delhi-based racketeer who accessed his ...



MediaNama.com
The UIDAI mentions that these apps and websites provided unauthorized Aadhaar related services like downloading the Aadhaar card, providing ...



Hindustan Times
All schools have to ensure that students have an Aadhaar card and register their unique identification number. They need submit the details to the ...



Business Standard
National Conference today questioned the purpose of linking various utility services with Aadhaar, as most of the people in Jammu and Kashmir were ...






Times of India
JAMMU: National Conference on Sunday questioned the purpose of linking various utility services with Aadhaar, as most of the people in Jammu and ...






Times of India
MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government plans to go digital with Aadhaar-linked ration at fair price shops across the state by March 31. Aadhaar card ...






NYOOOZ
Summary: SOLUTION IN SIGHT: Aadhaar permanent enrolment centres will help desks for the benefit of applicants. Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV ...






Financial Express
Given the large leakages from PDS-type physical supplies, over the years, the big hope has been a move away to Aadhaar-based direct benefit ...






Finextra (blog)
Over 1110 Million of the 1250 Million population of the country has Aadhaar Cards. Out of this, 490 Million have bank accounts linked to their Aadhaar.






Firstpost
... the finance minister's Budget announcement to introduce Aadhaar Pay, a merchant version of Aadhaar Enabled Payment System, will ensure better ...



BGR India
It has further asked that Aadhaar details should be added along with phone number within a year. The directive comes in light of the increased use of ...








Financial Express
Although education can help make the dream of digitalisation come true—besides keeping the trinity of JAM (Jan-Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile) ...





Huffington Post India
Aadhaar-enabled payment systems, more swipe machines, and the encouragement of digital transactions through platforms like UPI will provide an ...






The Daily Millbury
Applicants, who are in possession of Aadhaar, shall enter Aadhaar number, name, date of birth and gender in online application for NEET-2017 for the ...