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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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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

11056 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 16th April 2017



The Hindu
City-based Financial Software and Systems (FSS), which operates in the payments technology and transaction processing space, has introduced FSS ...



Times of India
Nagpur: The state government's drive to enrol children below 6 years of age under Aadhaar, the 12-digit unique identification number, has flopped ...






Business Standard (press release) (registration) (blog)
Derek O'Brien Sir, imagine a 24-year-old girl who finished her college, gone for a job in a bank or a telecom company, done exceptionally well in her ...






Financial Express
The newly-launched Aadhaar-based payment system through BHIM for merchants is one of the added features for sending money through the same ...



Tech Facts Live
Modi Government planned to make Aadhaar card mandatory for the regulatory filings under the Co Act (Companies Act). As there 9 lakh existing ...






NDTV
The BHIM-Aadhaar platform was also launched this week, and as the name suggests, it enables the app to be used for Aadhaar-number based ...






The Sunday Guardian
A NewsX-Sunday Guardian Roundtable on Aadhaar took an interesting turn when three of the four politicians on the table admitted that they did not ...






Deccan Herald
The money will need to be credited to the DBT Bharat portal for the purpose by the ministries along with the beneficiaries' Aadhaar number to take the ...






NYOOOZ
It is compulsory for them to bring their Aadhaar card to the examination ... rules for UPSEE applicants, making Aadhaar card mandatory for them.






Hindustan Times
The cyber police have appealed to people to not upload identity documents such as Aadhaar cards, PAN cards, and election IDs to the internet.






Scroll.in
Activists say the Aam Aadmi Party regime's decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for admission to government schools in the Capital is a violation of ...






Deccan Chronicle
Meanwhile, the number of Jan Dhan accounts have increased to 28.23 crore of which 18.50 crore have been seeded with Aadhaar. The deposits in ...






The Hindu
... open-source data analytics technology framework to the Indian enterprises as well as government's big data projects like the ID platform Aadhaar.






Hindustan Times
All these will be unified under one number, something similar to an Aadhaar card number, but this time around for your building. Once civic officials ...






State Times
Apart from offering various credit facilities under retail segment, the civil secretariat employees would be facilitated to seed their Aadhaar number and ...






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Meanwhile, the government has extended the deadline to for PF subscribers to submit Aadhaar cards to 30 April 2017 from the earlier deadline of 31 ...