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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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Sunday, February 12, 2017

10837 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 10th Feb 2017



Forbes
One of the general observations about India's welfare system over the decades is that it is a hugely complicated, grossly inefficient, and corrupt mess.



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Government is planning to make all ration shops under the public distribution system in the country Aadhaar-enabled by June 30 this ...






Economic Times
After demonetisation, there has been a surge in the number of Aadhaar enrolments, with December 2016 alone accounting for 60% increase from ...



Brighter Kashmir
Highlighting the importance of Aadhaar seeding and linking of cards with the Aadhaar numbers, the Minister said the main aim of the activity is to ...






News Today
Chennai: With the government making it compulsory to have Aadhaar to avail of various services, including drawing rations from PDS shops, ...






Times of India
NAVI MUMBAI: Several Aadhaar card application forms and documents of citizens from Thane and Navi Mumbai were found scattered on the ...






Financial Express
The country is finally making some headway in resolving the vexed issue of absence of clear land titles, something that has precipitated a mass of ...






The Echo of India
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.), has partnered with IDFC Bank, to utilize the Aadhaar Payment Bridge System (ABPS) at one of its locations for ...






The New Indian Express
During the day event, help will also be extended to citizens for opening their bank accounts, to enrol them in Aadhaar and to enable their existing ...






BGR India
Recently, illegal Play Store apps which were found to be misusing Aadhaar-related data of users have been shutdown on the directive of the Unique ...






Times of India
KOCHI: Biometric data and Aadhaar details of migrant labourers will be collected and ID cards will be issued as part of a health insurance scheme, ...






The Indian Express
Given our blinding prosperity, Aadhaar has no aadhaar; it is only to make us go idhar and udhar, so that our superb nutrition doesn't roll into indolent ...






Outlook India
Also, the government is linking the subsidy payout with Aadhaar unique ... Gas subsidy being paid only to Aadhaar card owners has helped identify ...






The Hindu
The Employees Provident Fund Organisation has extended the date for submission of Aadhaar-based digital life certificates till February 28. Enrolment ...






Times of India
Besides, over 25 lakh micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have registered under the simplified Aadhaar-based registration system 'Udyog ...






The Hans India
UPA government finally started issuing Aadhaar cards and direct cash transfer in gas. The NDA government continued the implementation. Regarding ...






Indiainfoline
... is making arrangements to resolve issues related to creating KYC verification for the financial sector which would be based on Aadhaar platform.






India West
According to a release, the minister also lauded the efforts of the Gujarat government for installing the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System in 17,250 ...






NYOOOZ
The acceptable ID cards include those issued by Bar Council of India (BCI) or HCBA or Aadhaar or voting card. They would be involved in the .