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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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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

10813 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 28th January 2017



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The government has enabled the Bharat Interface for Mobile (BHIM) app with Aadhaar and plans to launch the biometric-based Aadhaar ...




Inc42 Magazine (press release) (blog)
This integration will enable more than 1.09 Bn (INR 109 Cr) people in India to access their digital Aadhaar through the DigiLocker desktop and mobile ...




Bangalore Mirror
Watching the match at Chinnaswamy Stadium? You'll have to share your Aadhaar credentials. This will help Bengaluru Police maintain a database of ...



Deccan Chronicle
New Delhi: The Centre will soon roll out Aadhaar Pay service that will enable people to make and receive payments using only their Aadhaar number ...






Inc42 Magazine (press release) (blog)
Aadhaar is the latest disruption waiting to be explored fully in the Indian smartphone landscape. While smartphones enabled with GPS and Panic ...







Economic Times
Aadhaar robust enough to ensure payment of income and Aadhaar pay likely to be rolled out in few days says IT secretary Aruna Sundarajan.





The Hindu
Thiruvananthapuram: The Employees Provident Fund Organisation has asked members of the Employees Pension Scheme (EPS) to submit their ...






Free Press Journal
“Individuals registered under MGNREGA are hereby required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar or undergo Aadhaar authentication,” says a ...






Gizbot
Not only that, one area that the online payment services have been working upon since the demonetization is the online transaction via Aadhaar card.






Doordarshan
111 cr people in a population of 125 cr now have digital identification in form of Aadhaar. And govt is increasingly integrating this identification with ...






ScoopWhoop
Out of the 125 crore people of India, 111 crore are now Aadhaar card holders. Which means, as the Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar ...






The Sen Times Online Newspaper
Kathua (J&K): With the government all set to roll out Aadhaar-based payment services, the residents of Jammu and Kashmir are getting used to the ...



Planet Biometrics
“More than 100-crore Indians have Aadhaar. Many customers complain about not receiving the debit cards or PIN. We already have an ATM which ...



Times of India
IndiaQR, which was to be launched around Republic Day, will take longer as the government wants a host of details including Aadhaar number, ...






Economic Times
NEW DELHI: IndiaPost has become the third entity to receive a final license last week from the Central Bank to start its payment bank operations.






Times of India (blog)
... lakh per day and went up to around 5-6 lakh per day by October 2016. Since demonetisation, Aadhaar enrolment and update requests have been in ...



The Hindu
The SDMC leaders have said the delays occurred on account of ongoing litigation and then a decision of the Centre making Aadhaar cards mandatory ...






Chandigarh Tribune
Chugh put a counter question to him, “Have you got his Aadhaar card prepared?” Balkar Singh answered in the negative. Citing norms, Chugh said ...






Calcutta Telegraph
New Delhi (PTI): The Centre will look into complaints of Aadhaar centres charging fee of about Rs 100-300 for enrolling people for the unique ...






मनी भास्कर
नई दिल्‍ली।आधार कार्ड बनवाने की एवज में फीस वसूल रहे सेंटर्स पर सरकार शिकंजा कस सकती है। आधार कार्ड एनरोलमेंट ...






News Nation
'Pay to Aadhaar Number' has been introduced as a payment option wherein customer can transfer money to the Aadhaar number linked with ...






The Quint
An updated version of mobile payment app BHIM, launched last month by PM Narendra Modi, now supports seven new languages, including Hindi, ...