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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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Monday, April 3, 2017

10933 - Aadhar Articles Dated 29th March 2017



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The government today said identity proofs other than Aadhaar can also be used to avail of welfare scheme benefits, a day after the ...



Hindustan Times
The Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique-identity number issued to Indian residents based on their biometric and demographic data collected and maintained ...






Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Taking a serious view of public sharing of Aadhaar details of M S Dhoni, the Unique Identification Authority of India has blacklisted for 10 ...



The Hindu
The Supreme Court's oral observations on Monday regarding the use of Aadhaar numbers by the government are significant, for they alter the ...



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The 'revolutionary' biometric identifier programme Aadhaar should not be undermined as it has brought efficiency in public spending and ...






Economic Times
The government is planning to utilise the Aadhaar database to give shape to a digital future and utilise it for payments, and authentication of ...






YourStory.com
With Aadhaar, the fear is the state can profile and invade your privacy in a manner that private firms can't. And track you like a migratory bird.






Times of India
To his bad luck, the Aadhaar number was generated on his fake name. Now, Rakesh will have to live with his fake name (Raj Kishore) for the rest of ...



Economic Times
MUMBAI: The government is gearing up to roll out Aadhaar Pay , a digital payment platform for merchants, with 20 banks expected to go live at the ...






The New Indian Express
The RTA had in 2015 tried to make Aadhaar mandatory for all RTA transactions, but the decision was revoked after protest by public. | File Photo.






Tech2
The Telecom Ministry has been instructed by the government to start the process of linking all existing and future mobile phone numbers to Aadhaar ...






DailyO
Aadhaar and anti-Romeo squads: We're setting a trap for ourselves ... discretionary powers while making the Aadhaar card mandatory to file taxes, the ...






Firstpost
There are just two basic issues at the heart of the wildly confusing debate over Aadhaar. One, can the government be trusted when it says the 12-digit ...






EnergyInfraPost
The deadline of January 31 for Aadhaar card linkage with LPG connection in some districts of West Bengal is expected to be extended by the ...






Business Standard
Media reports in support of Aadhaar claiming that lakhs of 'ghost students' avail midday meals are based on unverified claims, not serious ...






The Wire
Aadhaar is premised on the infallibility and security of an individual's biometric data – her fingerprints and iris scans. But this is just a myth.






Hindustan Times
The journalist, who works with a news channel, had in a sting operation showed that one could get an Aadhaar enrolment receipt by submitting forged ...






citytoday
He further said that if Aadhaar is not available, other identity proofs like a driving license or the ration card can be used to avail government benefits.






Pune Mirror
Taking a serious note of sharing Dhoni's Aadhaar details, the Unique Identification Authority of India has blacklisted for 10 years the entity, VLE ...








Hindustan Times
A visitor gives a thumb impression to withdraw money from Jio Easy Money outlet with his Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID) card during a Digi ...





Firstpost (satire)
In a bid to minimize fake appeals for reviewing on-field umpires' decisions, the government has made Aadhaar mandatory for all DRS appeals.






The Indian Express
Dairy brand Amul, known for its cartoons that take a stand on political and social issues, has joined the party, this time with a cartoon on Aadhaar.






Swarajya
SC Backs Government On Aadhaar: The Union government's plan to make Aadhaar a basic identity document was backed by the Supreme Court on ...






Hindustan Times
Linking people living with the HIV/ AIDS with Aadhaar cards has allegedly driving away patients from hospitals and antiretroviral therapy (ATR) centres ...