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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

10816 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 31st January 2017



NDTV
This lets you send money directly to the recipient's Aadhaar number via the BHIM app. It can be useful if the recipient doesn't have a virtual payment ...



Times of India
The loans are still being distributed on fake Aadhaar and election cards by the MFIs at interest rate as high as 22%-34%, thus raising serious doubts ...






Economic Times
MUMBAI: The next time you visit your neighbourhood gold or silver jewellery store you might have to quote your PAN or Aadhaar card number for ...






findBIOMETRICS
Aadhaar Pay Takes Shape in India The idea was announced by Indian authorities late last year as the government ramped up efforts to transform ...






Planet Biometrics
New Delhi is working on a biometrics-backed payment system that will be connected to a user's unique ID number, or Aadhaar. An initial rollout of the ...






Biometric Update
Indian financial institution DCB Bank will soon introduce a new feature at all its branches which enables Aadhaar-registered customers to perform ...






India.com
And now, another move that is likely to be announced this year is that of making aadhaar card compulsory for availing of rail concessions.






Moneycontrol.com
You may soon have to quote PAN, Aadhaar on gold buys over Rs 50k. Currently, customers are required to undergo the know-your-customer ...






inUth.com
Dear Millennials, it's time that you step into the grown-up world and know all about KYC, PAN Card and Aadhaar Card. Check out the details here.






Biometric Update
Indian citizens are issued Aadhaar's unique 12-digit identification number by registering their two iris scans, 10 fingerprints and facial biometric data.






Calcutta Telegraph
The ministry of petroleum and natural gas has asked public sector oil companies not to insist on schools submitting an Aadhaar number for delivery of ...






Tech2
The Aadhaar enabled payment system, mobile banking, and plastic cards are methods of digital transactions in India. There are a number of ...



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Zee Business
Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile have been in focus for a period of two years now and it was one of the central themes of last year's economic survey.






News18
Lucideus, an IT risk assessment and digital security services provider, on Tuesday bagged the government's 'Best IT Startup of India' award. Lucideus ...






Daijiworld.com
... with the Reserve Bank of India and solidified the legal basis for Aadhaar, to realise the long-term gains from the Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile trifecta.






Daily News & Analysis
"We designed Aadhaar as payment address of individual, but no bank picked that up. Post office is the only organisation which has a universal ...



Moneycontrol.com
Five things like demonetisation, GDP projections, universal basic income, black money and JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile) & BAPU (Biometrically ...






Hindustan Times
Our recent social empowerment model of JAM (Jandhan Aadhaar and Mobile) is an unprecedented disruptive innovation. India now needs to replicate ..