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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, March 1, 2017

10854 - AADHAAR ARTICLES DATED 21st FEBRUARY 2017



Economic Times
With the upcoming payments bank by IndiaPost, over 112 crore Indians will be able to send and receive money only on the basis of the Aadhaar ...



Times of India
AURANGABAD: With Aadhaar verification to become mandatory from April 1 for senior citizens seeking concessional tickets, the Indian Railways has ...



NDTV
Before that though, Nadella and Nilekani talked about the Aadhaar, and Nadella praised the UID design, and the concept of India Stack, saying that ...
Mind the impact of artificial intelligence on jobs, warns Satya Nadella - Business Standard (press release) (registration) (blog)



Livemint
Recently, a new feature has been added which allows customers to transfer money to the Aadhaar number linked with a beneficiary's bank account by ...






The Indian Express
The Gujarat Aadhaar Bill, 2017 was passed in the absence of nearly 48 MLAs of the Congress who were suspended from the House by the Speaker.



The Wire
When ruling on the petition filed by Jairam Ramesh challenging passing the Aadhaar Act as a money Bill, the court has differing precedents to look at.






MediaNama.com
Telecom lobbying association COAI estimates that the proposed re-verification of existing subscribers via Aadhaar might cost up to Rs 2,500 crore, ...






NDTV
Microsoft's India-born chief executive officer Satya Nadella on Monday praised the Aadhaar platform saying "it's pretty tremendous how it got started" ...






India Today
The HRD Ministry has announced that holding an Aadhaar card will be mandatory for college and university students applying for scholarships.






Livemint
Users can sign up for DigiLocker services, link it to their Aadhaar cards, upload their documents, e-sign them and share the documents on request.






Forbes India
AuthBridge, like other players in the industry, can access Aadhaar-related information to verify a person's identity (the person has to sign a consent ...






India.com
Although Reliance Jio offered free 4G services connection on basis of instant verification of Aadhaar number of customers. The method of operation of ...






Hindu Business Line
This enabled the villagers to transact through Aadhaar-enabled payment system and Rupay cards, he said. Karthak, who interacted with Hulasageri ...






The Tribune
Union Bank of India launched a Mobile Aadhaar Van in Mumbai on February 14 through its Corporate BC M/s Vakrangee Ltd as enrolling agency for ...






The Hans India
Having 4606 mee seva centers where the farmer can apply through bio-metric and details of the farmer linked with the Aadhaar portal allows the ...






The Hans India
The Constitutional Amendment on GST will create a common Indian market, improve tax compliance and governance and boost investment and ...






The New Indian Express
Gupta was quick to stress that the Government's IT architecture does not have any such concerns and made a special mention of Aadhaar in this ...






Moneycontrol.com
However, the facility for submission of claims forms directly to the EPFO would be limited to those subscribers whose Aadhaar number and bank ...