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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.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

11006 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 8th April 2017


Initials pose problems for linking Aadhaar with PAN

A large number of people, especially those in the south of the country, feel hassled by the Centre's decision making Aadhaar mandatoryfor filing ...
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#DestroyTheAadhaar or Reform the Aadhaar?
Focusing solely on getting rid of Aadhaar, or destroying it, is a waste of gunpowder. The underlying issues of online privacy and civil liberties will still ...
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Five reasons why Aadhaar shouldn't be applied universally
Thus it was with Aadhaar, the biometrics-based unique identification number. It was going to be purely voluntary, and could be used in lieu of other .
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In Telangana, Worn Out Fingerprints Behind 36% Aadhaar Verification Failure In Key Govt Scheme ...
At a time when the government is making Aadhaar mandatory for a number of services, data released by the Telengana state on the operations of ...
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Worn-out fingerprints hit Aadhaar Verification rates
The biometric-based Aadhaar authentication primarily relied on fingerprints as iris scanners have seen limited deployment because they are ...
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Aadhaar glitches hamper school admission
Summary: Mohit KhannaTribune News ServiceLudhiana, April 6Spelling mistakes on Aadhaar cards are hampering students' admission at ...
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Aadhaar Card Mandatory for All IPL Players: Government
But what came as a shocking news was the Central Government making the Aadhaar card mandatory for IPL Franchise players. “We have players ...
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11 tax rules which have changed effective from New Financial Year 2017-18
The government has made it compulsory for people to quote their Aadhaar details in their ITR. Aadhaar has also been made mandatory for fresh PAN ...
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DDC emphasizes fast-tracking cashless payment system
DDC instructed bankers to speed up process of covering all shopkeepers and customers under cashless payment systems along with Aadhaar ...
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Rohingyas emerge as new security concern for state
The issue snowballed into a major controversy when some refugees managed to acquire important documents such as Aadhaar cards, ration cards, ...
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Schools are not meant for just coming, eating and going: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar
In the process of registering all school children under the Aadhaar, it was estimated that there are 4.4 lakh 'ghost students' from schools in Jharkhand, ...
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From now, Aadhar must for registrations
The 12-digit Aadhaar card number of the persons who come for registrations will be collected along with their iris scan and fingerprints.