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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.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

10980 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 5th April 2017



Economic Times
MUMBAI: Expatriates living in India would often complain about heat, food and dirt. Applying, registering and getting an Aadhaar card might just ...



Times of India
However, for a full-fledged Aadhaar-linked system, we need to establish a dedicated unit to verify Aadhaar cards. This will need infrastructure ...






Tech2 (blog)
The premise of Aadhaar is that it's a centralised database of citizens' information. This includes identity information (photograph, name, etc.) ...



Times of India
NEW DELHI: The government has asked IT major Wipro to develop a blueprint for Aadhaar-based biometric access to flyers at all airports across India.






Hindustan Times
No ration will be provided to beneficiaries in the state without Aadhaar card, the state food and civil supplies commissioner Vivek Porwal said.






The Hindu
Alarmed by the large number of Rohingya Muslims in possession of Aadhaar cards in Jammu, the Home Ministry held a high level meeting on Monday ...






The Hindu
East Godavari District Collector H. Arun Kumar on Tuesday said Aadhaar was mandatory for farmers to sell their produce in the government-run paddy ...






BGR India
The national identification system, Aadhaar, recently came under the scanner for privacy concerns. After Aadhaar details of certain cricketers were ...






Times of India
Chennai: Credit rating agencies like CIBIL, Experian, LexisNexis, are often the first to spot instances of duplicate PAN cards, but today even chartered ...






Mid-Day
It was after all the applications were filed that it came to light that all members of the contingent did not have valid documents - Aadhaar, PAN card.






NDTV
However, mandatory quoting of Aadhaar may cause some hardship as there will be a sudden rush for such people to apply for Aadhaar who don't ...






The Indian Express
Another key area where inconvenient evidence has been ignored is Aadhaar (seen as being key to the UBI debate). From the word go, promoters of ...






Financial Express
After a steep increase in 2015-16, direct benefit transfers (DBT) by the Centre seemed to have plateaued in 2016-17. Also, the pace of Aadhaar-linked ...






The Tech Portal
The company is looking to onboard a Digital Transactions Lead, who has expertise in UPI, BHIM, and Aadhaar payments. The said employee should ...






Financial Express
Inclusion of Aadhaar One of the most notable changes has been the inclusion of Aadhaar number in ITR forms. By July 1, 2017, your PAN must be ...






The Hindu
According to officials here, the district has around 8.46 lakh ration cardholders, who have successfully linked Aadhaar and mobile numbers to their ...






The Hans India
Krishna district is also first district to introduce Aadhaar Pay for merchants to facilitate cashless transactions. Therefore it is worth mentioning that ...






The Hans India
Similarly, the government has taken up a big drive to promote AEPC (Aadhaar Enabled Payment Services). So far, Rs 188-crore worth transactions ...






Times of India
The department is also looking at linking the property identification (PID) number to Aadhaar and electoral photo identity cards (EPIC). "The owner of a ...






Economic Times
The Niti Aayog has clearly stated that it does not support any charge on transactions made using the Aadhaar-enabled payment system, while low or ...






Deccan Chronicle
Police identified the man and his female friend from Aadhaar cards and driving licenses they recovered from the spot. A motorcycle belonging to the ...






Swarajya
Now, Aadhaar For Air Travel? IT major Wipro is developing a blueprint for Aadhaar-based biometric access to flyers at all airports across India.






E-Pao.net
While checking, the girl snatched her Aadhaar card and refused to prove her ... Most of them possessed forged Aadhaar card and other identification ...






NYOOOZ
And when she returned she found that zip of her bag was open and her purse, identity card, Aadhaar card, PAN card and cash Rs 800 were missing.






NYOOOZ
Parents had claimed that while the CMO office was not taking into consideration age of candidates based on Aadhaar and birth certificate, ultimately ...






CarTrade.com
In order to address the issue, the government had recently made it mandatory for applicants to provide their Aadhaar card details while filing for a new ...