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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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Saturday, April 15, 2017

11045 - Aadhaar Articles dated 14th April 2017



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The government plans to make Aadhaar compulsory for regulatory filings made by key managerial personnel and directors under the ...






Economic Times
As far as identification technology for citizens goes, nothing in the world rivals or even comes close to Aadhaar. The biometric-based (fingerprints and ...



YourStory.com
It seems that PM Narendra Modi has launched a surgical strike, through Aadhaar Pay, targeted at making digital payments cheaper and more ...



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: There is a need to make Aadhaar ecosystem more cyber secure and address its privacy and data protection nuances, cyber experts said ...






Quartz
Aadhaar, India's 12-digit unique identification number, has lately been at the centre of a debate over data protection and privacy as the Narendra Modi ...



Times of India
HYDERABAD: After the push for digital transactions, now banks have been asked to prepare for payments through Aadhaar, an important initiative as ...



The Indian Express
The government's move to link citizens' Aadhaar card information to social and healthcare schemes may face resistance in the National Aids Control ...






findBIOMETRICS
The Indian government's tax agency has announced that individuals who opened bank accounts between July of 2014 and August of 2015 will need ...



ETCIO.com
Iris-integrated mobile devices can better address Aadhaar issues New Delhi, Unlike fingerprints showing high failure rates worldwide owing to wear ...



Techworld Australia
On Friday, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Bhim-Aadhaar, a merchant interface for the Bhim app that allows Indians to pay digitally at ...



Tech2 (blog)
The Railway ministry has now decided to pull down a mandate for the need to show an Aadhaar card for reserved tickets for senior citizens. According ...






NDTV
Vallabhipur taluka was the first taluka in the country where savings accounts have been linked to the Aadhaar card, long before the Income Tax ...





Hindustan Times
The easiest way to do that is to cancel the job cards of people whose Aadhaar numbers are eluding the concerned functionaries,” he told Hindustan ...






BloombergQuint
There is no doubt in my mind that most people still do not understand what is Aadhaar. One reason is that there has been little real debate around ...






Financial Express
Government launches Aadhaar seeding application. Minimum assured amount on death in service and loyalty-cum-life benefit to EDLI members on ...



India Today
But destiny unfolded again for him when he was brought to an Aadhaar facility for enrolment. As Yenkur, now 14, sat down for fingerprinting and iris ...






Financial Express
Since the past seven years, I have been a consistent critic of Aadhaar, drawing attention to several issues and concerns relating to flaws in Aadhaar ...






Daily News & Analysis
Retirement fund body EPFO has extended the deadline for submitting Aadhaar number to April 30, 2017 for its over four crore members.






Business Standard
The National Payments Corporation of India today announced the launch of mobile application for Aadhaar-based payments through Bharat Interface ...






ETTelecom.com
"We believe iris integrated smartphones and tablets will address the issues reported with Aadhaar biometric authentication. The UIDAI and the ...






Indiainfoline
After dedicating the 1980 MW Koradi thermal power station at Nagpur on Friday, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi formally rolled out the Aadhaar-linked ...






BloombergQuint
The government plans to make India's biometric data-based unique identification number, Aadhaar, compulsory for regulatory filings made by key ...






Adage India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch BHIM-Aadhaar platform for merchants to facilitate digital payments and unveil cash back and referral bonus ...