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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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Sunday, April 23, 2017

11099 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 22nd April 2017



Times of India
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court said on Friday it would examine the validity of the Centre's decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for PAN cards and ...



The Hindu
The Commissioner, who held a press conference as part of the awareness programmes being conducted all over the country to enroll Aadhaar details ...



The Hindu
Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said that Aadhaar system of biometric identification is secure and is backed by law that is ...







Economic Times
An annoyed Supreme Court (SC) asked the Centre why it made the Aadhaar card mandatory for getting a PAN card when the top court passed an ...





Calcutta Telegraph
New Delhi, April 21: The Unique Identification Authority of India is trying to get children to popularise Aadhaar among children. Worried at the low ...






Daily News & Analysis
Aadhaar is an identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to individuals. This number serves as a proof of ...





Financial Express
The primE Minister last week launched BHIM-Aadhaar to ease the process of transactions further. This was the third such iteration of the app that the ...






India Today
Andhra Pradesh's tech savvy chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is always known for his unique approach towards governance. This time, the state ...






India Today
New Delhi, Apr 21 (PTI) The Centre today faced searching questions from the Supreme Court for making Aadhaar mandatory for PAN cards, despite ...






The Hitavada
THE Supreme Court on Friday questioned the Centre for making Aadhaar mandatory for procuring Permanent Account Number (PAN) card. Attorney ...






Alive For Football
"Is making Aadhaar by force the only way to tackle fraud?" the Supreme Court asked the central government. Justice A K Sikri, who was heading the ...






The Hindu
“In the meeting, it was pointed out that now 56 crore bank accounts have been linked to Aadhaar, of the total 97 crore back accounts,” the official said, ...






DailyO
If you are fresh out of a triple talaq or your child with no-Aadhaar has survived malnutrition, how about taking a break and going on a cow safari?






ETtech.com
These proposed centres will provide digital services including digital banking, Aadhaar generation, issuing government certificates and filing taxes.






The Indian Express
They all had Aadhaar cards, so the new Aadhaar-enabled payment system machines were installed to authenticate payments by using fingerprints.






Calcutta Telegraph
District rationing special officer Bindeshwari Tattma said two government employees will be inside a van and carry an Aadhaar-enabled PoS machine ...






Times of India
They took Rs 700 and the Aadhaar card of one of the passengers, Indrajeet Rajbhar, and Rs 500 from his associate, Prabhunath Rajbhar. The robbers ...








The Quint
The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre why it had made Aadhaar mandatory for obtaining a Permanent Account Number (PAN) card and for ...





The Hans India
She said a training camp would be organised to the officials on how to upload the data regarding Aadhaar and mobile numbers of a pattadar.






NYOOOZ
... under various state government schemes The money will now be deposited in their Aadhaar-linked bank account and will not be distributed through ...