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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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UIDAI system foolproof, Aadhaar data can't be leaked: Government
NEW DELHI: Aadhaar data cannot be leaked as the UIDAI system is foolproof, the government said today amid controversy over leakage of cricketer ...
Initials, punctuations on PAN card make linking with Aadhaar a pain
When his PAN card could not be linked to his Aadhaar card, the Chennai-based banker consulted his accountant who discovered the problem: ...
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Tribespeople get documents, Aadhaar
The Collector and grama panchayat president Lekha Suresh distributed birth certificates to 31 persons and as many as 27 people made their Aadhaar ...
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UIDAI can detect, repel security breaches in Aadhaar: CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey
The Aadhaar enrollment process implemented by the UIDAI has fetched much criticism lately as experts have said that a person's linking financial ...
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Aadhaar Exposed 4 Lakh 'Ghosts' In Mid-Day Meals? Claims May Not Add Up
New Delhi: Soon after the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) issued a notification makingAadhaar card mandatory for accessing ...
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Aadhaar and anti-Romeo gangs are both fronts in a war on privacy, says MP Tathagata Satpathy
The amendments, including provisions that make political funding more opaque and Aadhaar mandatory for income tax returns, were mostly drowned ...
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A response to Nandan Nilekani on Aadhaar
Response: This is useless at the scale in which Aadhaar is implemented. When a person wants their monthly quota of rations, they are usually asked ...
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Quoting Aadhaar mandatory for filing tax returns from July 1
New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Quoting of Aadhaar has been made mandatory for filing income tax returns with effect from July 1, as introduced by the ...
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UIDAI relents. Sujitha to finally get Aadhaar card
KASARGOD: The coldness of the system has given way to compassion at last. Sujitha's arduous wait for theAadhaar has finally come to a happy end.
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Who will own your data when your electronic health records are linked toAadhaar?
After making Aadhaar necessary to access a number of services, the government is now ready to start linking health records to the biometrics-based ...
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Now, Law Commission plans to replace bail bonds with Aadhaar
Aadhaar may soon replace bail bonds, if the Law Commission plan to that effect comes into place. The policy is being mulled to help a large chunk of ...
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Benami property: Linking Aadhaar to land records will lead to wrongdoers undoing
Benami property: Linking Aadhaar to land records will lead to wrongdoers undoing. Though India is still far from guaranteeing title, considerable ...
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Central Board of Direct Taxes clarifies on cash curb, Aadhaar
Central Board of Direct Taxes clarifies on cash curb, Aadhaar. While a regular business is required to maintain books of account, the small taxpayers ...
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Aadhaar for subsidised food grains through PDS: Here's a reality check
After liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), the government has made Aadhaar mandatory to avail subsidised food grains from public distribution system ...