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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.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

10958 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 1st April 2017



The Hindu
Ex-servicemen will require Aadhaar number to avail pension benefits, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Friday. In a written response to a ...






Outlook India
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has recently said that close to 98 percent of the adult population was under Aadhaar. The leakage of data on such a ...






Business Standard
Modi government in denial of potential threat posed by Aadhaar Card? ... Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Aadhaar details being leaked, Jaitley replied, ...
The Aadhaar of all things - Hindu Business Line



Business Today
Aadhaar is a unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. It is based on demographic and ...






Livemint
Nitin Gadkari, minister for road transport and highways, said measures like making vehicle registration and driving licences Aadhaar-based will help to ...



Livemint
The income tax department has also made furnishing of the Aadhaar number mandatory in the new ITR form, and if it is not available, the Aadhaar ...



Mid-Day
Aadhaar cards make for good public relations abroad. Pic/PTI. I don't see what the latest fuss about the Aadhaar card is really. Yes, the government's ...






Punjab News Express
NEW DELHI : Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) is covered under the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and ...






Trak.in (blog)
In one of the biggest social push for Aadhaar, some of the biggest Internet companies have announced that their users need to link their Aadhaar ...






The Tribune
Asking district education officers to work as registrar for the enrollment of the students for Aadhaar, the Education Department has said there should be ...






Financial Express
Last week, RBI mandated that banks and payment service providers enable Aadhaar-based biometric authentication for card-based transactions.






The Indian Talks
This is a scary situation for the people who have their Aadhaar card linked to their Bank accounts or any other personal accounts, the info related to ...






BGR India
The Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued a notice asking all telecom operators to re-verify existing customers through Aadhaar-based e-KYC.






Brainbuxa
Earlier, in the month of March, HRD ministry issued a notification which made the possession of Aadhaar card compulsory for the students and the rule ...






Hindu Business Line
Two, the Aadhaar Bill 2016 had been preceded by the National Identification Authority of India (NIAI) Bill, which was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in ...



Hindu Business Line
Successful and transformative, the school midday meal scheme is not without its shortcomings, but Aadhaar linkage is not the remedy. File photo: MA ...






Hindu Business Line
With a billion-strong database, Aadhaar has become a solution as well as a problem. Project pioneer Nandan Nilekani considers it a near-perfect ...






The Ladies Finger
You must have heard by now about how Sakshi Rawat got rightfully pissed off after a tweet which contained a picture of her husband MS Dhoni's ...






The Indian Express
The day after the Supreme Court pondered if the government could insist on Aadhaar for uses other than receiving direct benefits, like opening a bank ...






Google (press release)
On March 27, Supreme Court said that the government cannot make Aadhaar card mandatory for welfare schemes offered by it. On the other hand, ...






MediaNama.com
Contrary to what is being reported in multiple places, the Supreme Court of India did not say today that Aadhaar can be made mandatory for the ...






Outlook India
I have consistently opposed Aadhaar since the UPA time. We do not know which contractor or subcontractor will have access to our personal data.






India.com
... forward expressing willingness to work during the summer vacation to hear 'very important' cases like triple talaq, Whatsapp privacy and Aadhaar.