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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.


Friday, March 10, 2017

10893 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 9th March 2017



Times of India
In a statement, the Centre reiterated that till an individual was assigned an Aadhaar number, benefits would continue to be given to him/her based on ...





Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The government's decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for subsidised foodgrains through public distribution system (PDS) today came ...



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The government has made Aadhaar mandatory for availing crop insurance policies from the upcoming kharif sowing season.



Times of India
Considering the usefulness of Aadhaar in curbing leakages and bringing transparency in delivery system, the government has recently issued orders ...



Hindustan Times
Biometric based Aadhaar is envisioned as a single-window mechanism to seek government benefits, ranging from mid-day meals and skill training to ...



YourStory.com
The government has made having an Aadhaar card must for poor women to avail of free cooking gas (LPG) connection under the Pradhan Mantri ...






NDTV
The Aadhaar Payment App, a banking solution for merchants as well as customers, uses fingerprints as authentication for making transactions. On the ...



The Indian Express
After facing strong criticism from the Opposition, the Modi government said that while Aadhaar enrolment will continue, benefits would not be denied to ...



Times of India
The move came after many pensioners failed to submit Aadhaar authenticated Jeevan Pramaan as life certificate to continue to draw their pension.



Economic Times
The very first Aadhaar Pay app is here, courtesy IDFC Bank -- the newest private ... Here's all you need to know about Aadhaar Pay payment platform.






The Indian Express
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said this would only make these important welfare schemes toothless and adversely impact ...






National Herald
When it comes to collecting funds for political parties, the NDA Government may not bother to make Aadhaar mandatory and leaves plenty of scope for ...






Kasmir Monitor
New Delhi: The government has made having an Aadhaar card must for poor women to avail of free cooking gas (LPG) connection under the Pradhan ...






MediaNama.com
IDFC Bank has become the first bank to launch the Aadhar Pay. The solution is called IDFC Aadhaar Pay and the bank said that it launched it after a ...






Business Standard
After demonetisation, it is the backdoor enforcement of Aadhaar identification for children to qualify for midday meals. The move is threatening to take ...






Nagaland Post
An Aadhaar card is a must for women living in Below Poverty Line (BPL) households to avail of free cooking gas (LPG) connection under the Pradhan ...






Mid-Day
A Bangladeshi national who committed fraud to obtain an Aadhaar card and debit card has found that the cards are stacked against him. After he ...






The Hindu
With smart ration cards to be issued from April 1, family members whose Aadhaar numbers were not linked with the ration card are asked to complete ...






Millennium Post
Only 31.88 percent of children below the age of five have got their Aadhaar cards in Bengal, due to the inordinate delay by the Centre in making ...






Times of India
Now, the government has introduced point of sale machines at ration shops and linkage with Aadhaar as conditions for availing benefits that the ...






The Hindu
Persons who wish to make corrections in their personal particular on their Aadhaar cards can do so at the e-service centres, Collector K.S.Palanisamy ...






Moneylife
The Delhi High Court, taking up a petition, on Wednesday, in a notice asked the Centre and others why was Aadhaar card mandatory for getting ...






The Wire
In the thirteenth episode of Jan Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about the recent attacks on Indians in Trump's America and the government notification ...