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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

10862 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 25th Feb 2017



Times of India
NEW DELHI: In a first, three firms are being probed for attempting unauthorised authentication and impersonation by using stored Aadhaar biometrics ...



findBIOMETRICS
Microsoft is deepening its presence in India's IT infrastructure with a new Aadhaar-ready version of its Skype video call service and other collaborative ...



Deccan Chronicle
The state government has decided to introduce stringent norms over the Central Act to make Aadhaar usage foolproof, encourage Aadhaar-based ...






NFC World
India Post is to allow consumers to send and receive money using only their Aadhaar number from September 2017, when the government-operated ...



The Indian Express
AS AADHAAR gets linked to a growing number of government schemes, the largest village of J&K's border district Poonch is facing a problem. A rare ...






Economic Times
Formerly SKS Microfinance, Bharat Financial chose Deogaon, a village 70 km from Rajasthan's capital Jaipur, to harness the benefits of Aadhaar for ...






The Tribune
After Sector 16, the Estate Office has started process to link land records of five more sectors with Aadhaar numbers. The sectors where the work of ...






Eastern Mirror
Dimapur, Feb. 23: The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha of Kohima has asked the department in concern as to why Aadhaar Cards cannot be obtained ...






Financial Express
That's what UPI from National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) fixed since, once your Aadhaar number was linked to a bank account, neither the ...






MediaNama.com
Storing biometric data is against the rules of the Aadhaar Act and can attract an imprisonment of up to three years. The publication added that UIDAI ...






Hindu Business Line
“The objective is that service providers as well as service receivers in all these schemes should be identified by Aadhaar and paid through DBT,” said ...






Livemint
Arvind Subramanian says a pre-requisite for Universal Basic Income is a functional Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile system that ensures cash transfers ...



Stuff
You walk in, share your Aadhaar card details, ask for the service and snap! The biometrics automagically retrieves your details from the Aadhaar ...






The Wire
On February 18, programmer Srinivas Kodali posted a series of tweets that an undisclosed site was displaying Aadhaar numbers of children, ...






Financial Express
A simple innovative use of the Aadhaar Payment Bridge System (APBS) and USSD-based *99# infrastructure has made this possible. The customers' ...






New Kerala
An Online Registration System (ORS) links various hospitals across the country for Aadhaar-based online registration and appointment system, where ...






ETtech.com
It also partnered with personal verification agency OnGrid in November to provide Aadhaar-enabled verification for the drivers connected to its ...






The Hindu
Mr. Meghwal advised the people get corrected mistakes if any rolled down in the print of their Aadhaar cards as they would be linked up with bank ...






Times of India (blog)
In a first, three firms are being probed for attempting unauthorised authentication by using stored Aadhaar biometrics. Terming it a clear violation of law ...






Chandigarh Metro (blog)
One who is having the Aadhaar card can open their saving account in the Airtel Payments Bank. No other document is required accept the Aadhaar ...