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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.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

11050 - 5 lesser- known features of Aadhaar you must know - Financial Express

What has actually made Aadhaar so unique that today it is being used as a more reliable and authenticated means for identifying and tracking records? It has also become a medium for doing cashless transactions. Aadhaar is going to be the single card in future which will help each and every individual to ease out their working life.

By: Navneet Dubey | Updated: April 13, 2017 4:48 PM

An individual needs to enrol for Aadhaar only once and after going through the de-duplication process only one Aadhaar card gets generated.

What has actually made Aadhaar so unique that today it is being used as a more reliable and authenticated means for identifying and tracking records? It has also become a medium for doing cashless transactions. Aadhaar is going to be the single card in future which will help each and every individual to ease out their working life. Moreover, Aaadhar is designed in a simple way with an advanced open source technology which is actually making things easy for the common man.

Here are five lesser-know features of Aadhaar that one must know:

1- Unique De-duplication Process
Aadhaar is unique as it is based on the process of demographic and biometric de-duplication. The de-duplication process compares a resident individual’s demographic and biometric information, which is collected during the process of enrolment. It is then matched with the records in the UIDAI database to verify if the resident is already in the database or not. An individual needs to enrol for Aadhaar only once and after going through the de-duplication process only one Aadhaar card gets generated. In case the resident individual enrols for more card, the subsequent enrolments automatically get rejected.

2-Nationwide Portability
Throughout the country Aadhaar gives portability, as it can be authenticated and verified from anywhere online. This is one important feature as millions of Indians migrate from one city or state to another or from a rural area to urban centers etc.

3-Devoid of Intelligence
Aadhaar number is a random number which is free from any intelligence. A person who is willing to enroll has to provide minimum demographic along with their biometric information during the enrolment process held at Aadhaar Seva Kendra. The Aadhaar enrolment process does not record any details related to caste, religion, health, income, geography, etc.

4-Technology Architectural Advancement
The UID architecture is open, scalable and can be accessible very easily by the authorities. All the residents’ data is stored centrally, even though the authentication is done online from anywhere across the country. Aadhaar authentication service is built to handle 100 million authentications a day which shows that Aadhaar is highly built with technological advancement.

5-Open Source Technologies
Open source architecture prohibits the any kind of specific storage on specific computer hardware. It is not dependent on any specific OS, specific database vendor, or any specific vendor technologies to scale. Such applications are built using open source or open technologies and structured to address scalability in a vendor-neutral manner and allow co-existence of heterogeneous hardware within the same application.