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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.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

11189 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 29th April 2017



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: You might soon be using just your mobile phone and Aadhaar for air travel minus all that paper work, with the government looking to roll ...






Times of India
Mumbai: The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) recently issued a memorandum refraining income tax officials from publishing Aadhaar numbers, ...



The New Indian Express
BENGALURU: Even though Aadhaar based transfer of subsidies and other benefits is gaining traction across the country, errors have crept into the ...



Hindustan Times
The UGC had earlier asked all universities to upload data regarding PhD on their websites on various parameters such as names, Aadhaar numbers ...






BloombergQuint
Privacy activists accuse Aadhaar of enabling 'big brother' type surveillance. Security activists fear large-scale data violation and the irrevocability of ...



The Hans India
He further said that Aadhaar linked property registration system would be introduced from next month on a pilot basis in one of the sub registrar offices ...






Zee News
New Delhi: Students applying for government scholarships will need to produce Aadhaar cards to avail the same, according to new HRD rules.



Daily News & Analysis
It also sought to know the details of families which have been denied subsidised foodgrains in the absence of Aadhaar cards, which have been made ...






Moneylife
In his fiery and impassioned arguments against that the government's attempt to forcibly link Permanent Account Number (PAN) to Aadhaar, Mr Divan ...






Web India 123
Referring to this, the court said, "How can you make Aadhaar card ... amendments to the Finance Bill 2017, making Aadhaar mandatory for filing taxes.






ETtech.com
Aadhaar is also becoming an important foundation — not only for benefits from government schemes. There is the proposal to use Aadhaar eKYC ...






The Hindu
The Centre is looking to make either Aadhaar or passport mandatory to book air tickets so that passengers needn't carry a printout of the ticket or ...






Eastern Mirror
The University Grants Commission (UGC) in a notification has informed that “The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Services) Act, ...






E-Pao.net
They pointed out that they have already linked their Aadhaar cards, LPG ID and bank account information in order to avail the subsidies but their ...






The New Indian Express
He said 113 crore people have Aadhaar cards but refused to speak on it further saying the matter was sub-judice. Noting that good governance can be ...






The Hindu
Answering a question, the Collector said that almost 75% of the bank accounts in the district were already linked with Aadhaar and work was on to ...






Hindustan Times
The state education department has made Aadhaar card compulsory for students applying for admission in private schools under the 25% RTE quota.



Daily News & Analysis
Noting that 28 crore Jan Dhan accounts for the poor have been opened, he said these have connected to their mobile phones and Aadhaar cards.






Times of India
He is working for an NGO engaged in processing Aadhaar card applications. Rajan had gone to Hapur in Uttar Pradesh in search of a job. On demand ...