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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 16, 2017

10841 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 13th Feb 2107



Economic Times
Pressing for the scrutiny of the Speaker's decision to certify the Aadhaar Bill as Money Bill, Chidambaram said it is important to see what can be ...



The Indian Express
Aadhaar-based mobile phone, Govt, Supreme Court, Mukul Rohatgi, JS kHEHAR Finally, if the aim was to ensure that unsold foodgrains are not ...






Tech2
Aadhaar card is one of the largest biometrics programme in the world. Along with acting as an identity card, Aadhaar is being used in many other fields ...






The Asian Age
The Centre on Thursday made Aadhaar mandatory for availing subsidised foodgrains from the ration shops under the National Food Security Law with ...






The Indian Express
“He (Rajan) said he was staying in a house in gali number 12 and submitted an Aadhaar card as proof. But the card was fake,” he said. The landlord ...






Inc42 Magazine (press release) (blog)
Signatures first appeared in the sixth century in Europe and only started catching on widely post the 16th or 17th century. From then on, signatures ...






The Indian Express
THE NABHA jailbreak mastermind, gangster Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, had managed to get documents such as Aadhaar card and driving licence made ...






Citizen Matters, Bangalore
Aadhaar is compulsory for admission of children under right to education act. But will that solve the problems? What other problems are being faced by ...






Trak.in (blog)
It is Monday morning and yet again time to do a quick wrap-up of the posts published on trak.in last week. If you were offline for any reason, this is a ...






Financial Express
ZeroPaperTM facility is available to all the customers of MoneyTap who have their mobile numbers updated on Aadhaar card. They can digitally sign ...






The New Indian Express
The system integrator to be selected by corporation has to provide end-to-end solution including supply of 1,200 Aadhaar enabled handheld biometric ...






Financial Express
... Shankar Prasad had said that a mission will be set up with a target of 2,500 crore digital transactions for 2017-18 through UPI, USSD, Aadhaar Pay, ...






PaGaLGuY
Q. Aadhaar Number has been issued to me recently but when I am applying for NEET, it is showing the details of my Aadhaar card are not matching.






Financial Express
The digital identity solution provider has enabled Aadhaar eSign and digital signature based signing to various government officers in several districts ...






Hindustan Times
Apart from using SHODH, the GRP is also contemplating on accessing the Aadhaar card database to identify these bodies. SHODH is a website used ...






The New Indian Express
UHID is Aadhaar-based so if patients go for a referral to another hospital, there will be no repetition of tests and the doctor can easily view the medical ...






HERE. NOW
According to sources, the two Bangladeshi suspects have been staying in Mumbai for 22 years and had even managed to obtain Aadhaar cards.






Times of India
That is how the ringleader, a man called Devender who was seen in CCTV cameras showing his Aadhaar card to the guard at the entry to the ...






Chandigarh Tribune
None of the inmates have been enrolled for the Aadhaar cards and even for the disability pension. The children have not been enrolled for the ...






The Hindu
Mr. Sampath said that income and nativity certificates, first graduate certificates, Aadhaar enrolment, birth and death certificates, chitta adangal, patta ...






The Hindu
Sameer Nigam, co-founder of PhonePe, a Bengaluru-based mobile payments company, said the government's ID platform Aadhaar had offered a lot ...






NYOOOZ
Summary: A police verification certificate should be made mandatory for the appointment of staff at toll plaza. Meanwhile, commercial vehicles of ...