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


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


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.

Friday, March 3, 2017

10873 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 2nd March 2017

Times of India
"I applied for Aadhaar four times - once each in 2011 and 2015, and twice in 2016. The last time was on December 10 last year, and I was told the ...

Axis Bank expects the ban on Aadhaar based transaction to be lifted soon. The bank awaits the investigation report from Unique Identification ...

Times of India
BENGALURU: Aadhaar cards as age and identity proof may soon be made mandatory for player entries at national-level meets conducted by sports ...

Zee News
New Delhi: Retirement fund manager EPFO on Wednesday said Aadhaar will not be required for withdrawal benefits under the Employees' Pension ...

Summary: Karnataka has achieved 90% of the target in Aadhaar seeding process. "Nearly 50 lakh individuals in the state are yet to link their Aadhaar ...

The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on Thursday came with clarification that obtaining of Aadhaar should be mandatory for the time ...

According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) mandate, all POS machines acquired after 1 January this year had to be enabled for Aadhaar-based ...

India TV
Skoch group chairman Sameer Kochhar, who recently pointed out loopholes in the Aadhaar system in an article, has reportedly been booked by Delhi ...

Hindu Business Line
The Railways will soon move towards Aadhaar—based online ticketing system to prevent touts from blocking a bulk of tickets, end fraudulent bookings ...

The Hindu
Those collecting money from the public on the promise of getting the Aadhaar card quickly will be punished, the Collector has warned. In a press ...

Strides Software Solutions, an Aurangabad based startup has developed the 'D-health app', powered by Microsoft Azure, as India's first ...

Youth Ki Awaaz
The AADHAAR card is a compulsory document for filling the NEET application. The following regulations are given by CBSE in their website.

Tech Facts Live
The admissions for LKG and class 1 to Karnataka schools under Right to Education Act will begin today. Parents are worrying about their Childs ...

The Hindu
“After I put in my Aadhaar details, the application got stuck and I was not able to go to the next step. I took a day off just to submit the application.

Daily Excelsior
JAMMU, Mar 1: Chairman Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali today inaugurated Aadhaar based bio-metric attendance system in the Council ...

Financial Express
A government task force on action against shell companies has decided to prosecute about 10 lakh such firms and prepare an Aadhaar-based KYC ...

Economic Times
USP: Android-based merchant version of Aadhaar-enabled payment system. Aadhaar Pay app enables consumers to pay without any physical ...

The Northlines
JAMMU MARCH 01: Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali today inaugurated Aadhaar based bio-metric attendance ...

For subscribers who are yet to seed Aadhaar and bank details, a new composite claim form has been introduced which has to be submitted with ...

Economic Times
India Post also plans to make the 12-digit Aadhaar number as a single point payment address. It proposes that over 112 crore Indians who have an ...

Times of India
He added, "Along with the forms, they will have to submit documents such as Aadhaar and election cards and electricity bills. Wednesday was the first ...

The Tribune
Police officials with identity cards and Aadhaar cards recovered from a junk shop near Bibiwala road on Wednesday. Photo: Vijay Kumar. Gurdeep ...

The Ladies Finger
Two years ago, in the aftermath of debates about the legitimacy Aadhaar card, the government of India put forward an overt challenge to the notion of ...

The government has asked banks to mandatorily link bank accounts to the Aadhaar number in order to facilitate online transactions and digital ...

The new online registration system (ORS) is a framework to link various government hospitals across the country for Aadhaar-based online ...

Outlook India
To prevent sale of paddy to middlemen, for the first time Aadhaar number of the farmers were enrolled during the registration, he said. It is the ...