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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

11057 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 17th April 2017



Times of India (blog)
Aadhaar, the largest digital identity programme in the world, is now being acclaimed as a marvel of India's technological innovation and prowess.



Economic Times
The Bill passed by the Lok Sabha last week makes Aadhaar mandatory for driving licences and vehicle registration. * It proposes alterations in ...






Times of India
PUNE: Duplication of Aadhaar mapping with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has been raised by citizens hesitating to link their ...






The Hindu
The Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV) has said that those who want to get their Aadhaar details corrected, can do so from Monday ...






Moneycontrol.com
"Mandatory quoting of Aadhaar/Enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form, for filing of return of income and for making an application for allotment of ...



Times of India
NAGPUR: The state higher and technical education department has made authentication of Aadhaar number a must for backward engineering ...






NDTV
Aadhaar-enabled payments have increased from 2.5 crore in November 2016 to over five crore in March 2017 while Immediate Payment Service ...



Khaleej Times
Q: Some confusion has been created in the Indian media about obtaining an Aadhaar number which has to be mandatorily quoted in the income-tax ...






Legally India
In this Aadhaar case, the Central Government is still before the court and is subject to the jurisdiction and specific restraint imposed by the court.






The Statesman
Senior officials said, "Once the state authorities are able to link all PAN with Aadhaar numbers to the land record databases, the investigation officials ...






Firstpost
4) Recently, labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya launched Aadhaar Seeding Application allowing a PF member or pensioner to walk into any of the ...






Scroll.in
“The insistence on Aadhaar by schools and their lack of identity documents have made parents doubly insecure. The residents of Sagarpur slum, who ...






Economic Times
The government launched the BHIM-Aadhaar or Aadhaar Pay app on Saturday that authenticates a customer's biometric details linked to his Aadhaar ...






The New Indian Express
The government has resolved to link the Aadhaar number and the biometric identity of each weaver to his bank account while releasing the subsidy ...






Financial Express
As we are deciding on desert the founders tell me that they are big fans of Aadhaar. “So much waste has been eliminated because of Aadhaar.






Plunge Daily
The central government launched applications BHIM-Aadhaar or Aadhaar Pay uses a customer's biometric details linked to Aadhaar account through ...






Hindustan Times
Ashish Sihag, nodal officer of DoIT e-governance cell, said volunteers first motivated people to link their bank accounts with Aadhaar and mobile ...






Scroll.in
As many as 18.50 crore accounts have been seeded with Aadhaar details, as per the Finance Ministry's data. After Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were ..