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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, March 1, 2017

10859 - Aadhaar Articls Dated 22nd Feb 2017



Times of India
An NGO, a postman or a certified insurance agent will help a child in getting an Aadhaar card to enable them to take admission in schools and access ...



Mashable
On top of this, Skype Lite leverages Aadhaar, India's biometric database, as its "fundamental authentication system," Nadella said. "We're very excited ...



The New Indian Express
NEW DELHI: Commanding 111 crore enumerations, the Aadhaar Card service is now catching the fancy of global corporate biggies. While some ...






Times of India
GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government on Monday moved a bill in the state assembly to make Aadhaar number compulsory to avail subsidy in any ...






Greater Kashmir
A senior IT department official informed Greater Kashmir that J&K's IT department is nodal agency for Aadhaar enrollments in the state and its consent ...






DATAQUEST
Mahindra Comviva, the global provider of mobility solutions, announced the launch of payPLUS Aadhaar Pay, a merchant payment acceptance ...



The Indian Express
From camping at Deer Park to posing as Aadhaar officials: police went on overdrive to crack the Hauz Khas Village rape case. For the first five hours ...



The Tribune
Aadhaar card will soon be made mandatory for receiving anti-rabies vaccine after a dog bite. The measure is likely to result in trouble for the patients, ...






Hindu Business Line
Kashanti Devi, who runs a dairy, availing an instant Aadhaar-based loan of Rs. 25,000 from Bharat Financial Inclusion to buy a cow in Devgaon ...






Oneindia
Aadhaar-based Skype Lite App is aimed for low-end Android smartphones. The highlight of this app is the built-in Aadhaar-based authentication ...



Kasmir Monitor
Mumbai :Very soon, one would be able to transact - send and receive money - only on the basis of the Aadhaar number irrespective of the fact whether ...






ETTelecom.com
MUMBAI: Mukesh Ambani during launch of Jio Prime on Tuesday said that “With the Aadhaar-based process, initiating Mobile Number Portability ...






Telangana Today
At present, the Revenue Department is not in a position to conduct on-spot scrutiny of vital documents like driving license, bank passbook, Aadhaar, ...






Financial Express
Subscribers, who seed Aadhaar and Bank account details to their UAN, now have the facility to submit claim forms directly to EPFO without the ...



The Asian Age
Second, you can quote your Aadhaar number and opt for e-KYC. In this case, you get an OTP on your registered mobile which is to be submitted to the ...






CIO Australia
The project, called India Stack, aims to use a biometric system, called Aadhaar, to facilitate the digital exchange of information. Microsoft said on .