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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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10964 - Adhaat Related articles dated 3rd March 2017



Hindustan Times
Your fingerprints, iris scans, details of where you shop. Compulsory Aadhaar means all this data is out there. And it's still not clear who can view or use ...



The Indian Express
On March 27, the Supreme Court observed that Aadhaar cannot be “pressed” for welfare schemes. “For benefits, it (Aadhaar) cannot be pressed…for ...






Times of India
Aadhaar is in the eye of a storm following the government's decision to link it to everything from PAN cards to driving licences. Issues about privacy ...






Youth Ki Awaaz
This article is not a rant against Aadhaar cards. Rather, it intends to explain the politics of the Aadhaar system to the common man. In this country ...



Times of India
The facility will be implemented first at Doon medical college where Aadhaar details of doctors have been sought to facilitate installation of biometric ...






Scroll.in
Recent reports of the misuse of Aadhaar – the 12-digit unique identification number that the Indian government is pressuring all residents to obtain ...






The Indian Express
You don't want yet another piece on the horrors and perils of the surveillance state that has come to the forefront with Aadhaar numbers now being ...






Indiainfoline
The Union Cabinet on Friday decided to link the issue of driving licences and vehicle registration to Aadhaar, as part of a slew of changes that will ...



International Business Times, India Edition
Aadhaar is being linked to income-tax returns, public provident fund, old and new SIM cards, bank accounts and many more government services and ...



DesiSpy.com
In the wake of connecting of Aadhaar with PAN Card, filing income tax, beginning a business and driving licence, this is viewed as one of the greatest ...






News Heads
The income-tax department has notified a simplified one-page tax-return form aimed at making it easier for taxpayers to file their annual returns.






The Hindu
Eighty-two per cent of the total ration cardholders in the district have furnished their Aadhaar card details, said Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao here ...



ClickLancashire
The government proposed to make Aadhaar Card mandatory for filing income tax returns and also applying for a Permanent Account Number (PAN).






Livemint
Today, we have 400 million Aadhaar-linked bank accounts. Both government-to-person and person-to-government should become cashless.






The Sunday Guardian
A recent experience of this columnist concerned Aadhaar. Now that the government has made mandatory the use of the Aadhaar-based Unique ...






gulfnews.com
India's Supreme Court announces the compulsory need of Aadhaar to its people. However, Indians are not yet convinced about it because of several ...






The Hindu
He wrote: “The Hindu is certainly entitled to its opinion regarding Aadhaar, but it should not mislead the reader on the legality of the recent barrage of ...






Hindustan Times
Wages are directly transferred to a worker's bank account seeded to his or her Aadhaar number. The delay in payment comes amid the government's ...






The Asian Age
Primarily geared to benefit rural India, Aadhaar Pay will substantially benefit huge numbers of the villagers where people do not have smart phones.






The Hans India
Naidu also mentioned that Aadhaar-based payments jumped by 1,352 per cent. “RuPay card usage increased from Rs 10.80 crore in 2014-15 to ...






Moneycontrol.com
"Government's digitisation drive to link data through Aadhaar is a positive step to make available vast database of individuals' information required for ...






The New Indian Express
This time around, the Revenue Department which has already disbursed Rs 671.2 crore of the funds directly to the Aadhaar-linked bank accounts ...






The Hindu
“The fraudsters who were running shops on the pavement of M.G.Road and in Lawspet have even issued Aadhaar card and fake marks sheets.






The Wire
He has pointed out, if the issue is with regard to privacy, the constitutional bench in the Aadhaar case is already considering whether there is a the ...