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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.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

10815 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 30th January 2017



The Hindu
Several agencies charge anywhere between Rs. 50 and Rs. 200, or more, for printing Aadhaar on a plastic card in the name of smart card.



The Indian Express
Apart from Aadhaar-based payment option, users can pay using Mobile/Payment Address and Account +IFSC. Currently, the government has 14 ...



Calcutta Telegraph
Bangalore, Jan. 29: Cricket fans would have to carry their Aadhaar cards the next time they buy tickets for IPL matches at the Chinnaswamy stadium.






Afternoon Voice
Government is contemplating to make Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID) card mandatory to avail rail concession, and an announcement is likely ...






Nagaland Post
A printout of the downloaded Aadhaar card, even in black and white form, is as valid as the original card and there is no concept such as smart or ...





Free Press Journal
New Delhi : To plug tax loopholes, the I-T department will use Big Data analytics to track down evaders by collecting information, such as common ...






ExamsWatch
In a move that may be termed as forcing the compulsion of Aadhaar Card, the Central government has planned to link Aadhaar card with major ...






Times of India
Gupta said the department had been successful in seeding Aadhaar number to ration cards. "There is cent percent achievement in linking of Aadhaar ...



Knn India
New Delhi, Jan 30 (KNN) The micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), filing Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum (UAM), will now get one time ...








Times Now
The much-awaited Aadhaar-enabled payment system, a biometric way of making payments and would use only fingerprint linked to Aadhaar, which ...





The Indian Express
Around 36 per cent of workers do not have Aadhaar cards – required to link them to bank accounts, while adding that there are 31,874 workers whose ...





Livemint
The combination of a unique Aadhaar number linked to biometric data has barely improved targeting for the PDS in Jharkhand, Rajasthan, ...





Calcutta Telegraph
... unscrupulous entities charging anything between Rs 50 and Rs 200 for a plastic Aadhaar card, saying the paper-printed card was "perfectly valid".





Business Standard
Interoperability of banks and post offices on Aadhaar-enabled payment systems (AEPS), a new fund for incentivising cashless transactions, levy of ...





Voice & Data Online
Recently, Aircel has done a proof of concept by implementing Aadhaar API for facial authentication. The application verifies customer selfie with ...





MediaNama.com
... family details, addresses and information on various documents like Aadhaar cards, passports, and driving licenses, reports Telangana Today.