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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


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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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Monday, May 22, 2017

111448 - Modi Government to Give Attorney General, Solicitor General Another Term- News 18

Updated: May 20, 2017, 8:50 PM IST
   
New Delhi: The Narendra Modi-government is set to give another term in office to country’s top law officer Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi.


Sources have confirmed to CNN-News18 that the decks have been cleared to grant an extension to Rohatgi, whose three-year term is expiring on June 11.

In what may be construed as his tacit approval, Rohatgi has continued accepting briefs from government departments although some of these cases are to come up for hearing after his current term in the office ends.

Moreover, on Friday, on being asked by a Supreme Court bench about his availability to argue a PIL relating to Aadhaar, Rohatgi preferred June 27 -- a fortnight after the AG's present tenure expires. This may be seen as another strong indication of Rohatgi's willingness to continue.

The Law Minister, as per the convention, speaks to the law officers to seek their consent, which is later reproduced in notifications of their appointment.

There had been murmurs regarding the PMOs readiness to continue with Rohatgi, given the fact that the NDA government lost the high-pitched battle on validity of the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) when the AG was leading from the front.

There were questions also raised on his intrepid and "aggressive" style of arguing the matters but it seems, all issues were put to rest when it was noticed that the government did not suffer any major jolt from the Supreme Court apart from the NJAC verdict. Rohatgi’s acumen in defending Aadhaar and averting multiple attempts to get the Aadhaar Act stayed also weighed in.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar is also likely to be retained, sources say. Kumar was appointed on June 7, 2014 for a three-year-term while the AG’s appointments had come four days later.

Out of six Additional Solicitors General (ASGs), one, namely Neeraj Kishan Kaul, will however be not in the government's legal team anymore.

Kaul has communicated to the Law Ministry his indisposition to continue. Kaul has returned briefs, making it clear to the litigation department that he would demit office on completion of the tenure.

According to the sources, whether ASG P S Patwalia would continue or not is uncertain and the Law Ministry is waiting for an emphatic answer from Patwalia.

Four other ASGs—Maninder Singh, Tushar Mehta, P S Narasimha and Pinky Anand—are likely to continue for another term.