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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 13, 2017

11027 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 12th April 2016



Indiatimes.com
NEW DELHI: Accounts opened from July 2014 to August, 2015 will have to submit know your customer (KYC) details and their Aadhaar number to ...



Economic Times
EPFO extends deadline for submitting Aadhaar to April 30 ... "We have extended the deadline for submission of Aadhaar by subscribers to April 30, ...






The Hindu
The only thing is that the person either should have an Aadhaar or should have applied for one; also, alternative means of identification will be ...






Frontline
The Supreme Court appears nonchalant even though the government defies its interim order and makes Aadhaar mandatory for the delivery of ...



Firstpost
In December, the satire website Faking News had carried a spoof about Aadhaar becoming compulsory for buying vegetables in Delhi. Everybody had ...



Frontline
By making Aadhaar mandatory for subsidies, pensions and a host of other benefits, the government is fast succeeding in its project to bring everyone ...






Daily News & Analysis
Ministry of Railways has decided to withdraw the implementation of Aadhaar-based ticketing system for PRS tickets (both counter and e-tickets) for ...



The Hindu
Linking Aadhar details of workers registered under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment (MGNREGS) scheme with their bank accounts has ...






Boom Live
Even as the government presses ahead with making Aadhaar the cornerstone of identity for millions of Indians, Aadhaar critics have kept up the ...






Times of Oman
Muscat: Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) are not entitled to an Aadhaar Card and do not require it for filing tax returns or anything else, the Indian ...






Ena India (satire) (press release) (subscription) (blog)
NEW DELHI, APRIL 12 (ENA) A lady (name not disclosed) who took her nine-year-old daughter to Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in East Delhi's New ...






Frontline
The idea behind the extensive push for Aadhaar does not seem to be addressing the real issues confronting people, that of hunger and deprivation, ...






The Economist
WHAT would Gandhi have made of Aadhaar, the ambitious scheme to provide each of India's 1.3bn residents with a unique, biometrically verifiable ...






Tech Facts Live
With effect from July 31st, citizens filing income tax returns will require an Aadhaar Card linked with their PAN Card. However, only 1.08 crore Indians ...






Deccan Herald
I didn't feel the necessity for an Aadhaar card till now since I have my passport, driving licence and voter ID card bearing the same details. But now I ...






Frontline
A closer look at the way Aadhaar data are stored reveals that the system has the potential to perpetuate caste identities. Making Aadhaar mandatory ...






The Hindu
For approximately 59.5 lakh beneficiaries, the linking of Aadhaar numbers has been done. Mobile phone numbers for around 17.7 lakh cards have ...






Indiainfoline
In respect of DBT schemes, Aadhaar is being used as a unique identifier for accurate targeting of intended beneficiaries. In case the beneficiary does ...






Finextra
Taking forward its commitment towards the Digital India movement, the company will also launch payments via UPI, Bharat QR Code and Aadhaar ...



Computerworld India
In fact, many government offices and shops in the country have introduced Aadhaar enabled biometric systems to either mark their employees' ...






Economic Times
There are around six lakh ration shop owners, who are now being roped in as business correspondents, mostly on Aadhaar-enabled payment ...






Moneycontrol.com
On the transparency front, the Bill states that driving licences and vehicle registrations would be linked to an individual's Aadhaar card details.



Times of India
"We are in touch with banks to seed the bank accounts of all ration card holders whose Aadhaar card numbers seeding has already been completed.






Frontline
The Aadhaar project's headlong push towards “total” enrolment of Indian citizens threatens the privacy of individuals on an unprecedented scale, ...






Oneindia
Dubey said using Aadhaar card, some of these people were staying illegally in the country and trying to obtain citizenship, which was a matter of ...