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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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Monday, May 1, 2017

11197 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 30th April 2017



The Hindu
Sometimes it seems very few people know what Aadhaar is all about. So there is a need to explain what it is and dispel some risk perceptions, while ...



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The government will soon make quoting of Aadhaar number compulsory for key managerial personnel and directors in regulatory filings ...






The Hindu
Monu says that for the time being, they are calling it “Aadhaar-like” (instead of Aadhaar) because some right-wing cows took exception to their UID ...






Economic Times
CHANDIGARH: Former Union minister Manish Tewari today favoured linking of donations to political parties with Aadhaar in a bid to bring more ...






Business Standard
Former Union minister Manish Tewari on Saturday favoured linking of donations to political parties with Aadhaar in a bid to bring more transparency in ...






Indiainfoline
Now flyers will soon be able to use mobile number and Aadhaar for air travel by skipping all that paperwork. The government is reportedly planning to ...






Times of India
DEHRADUN: After stopping pensions of nearly 1.15 lakh beneficiaries who failed to provide their Aadhaar details, Uttarakhand social welfare ...






News World India
Former Union Minister and Congress leader Manish Tewari favoured linking of donations to political parties with Aadhaar in a bid to bring more ...






The Hindu
LIC last week launched the Aadhaar Stambh and Aadhaar Shila, — both endowment plans. No medicals are required, and no tedious KYC procedure, ...






News Heads
As per notification issued by the Income Tax department on April 11, today (April 30) is the last day to link Aadhaar number with bank accounts to ...






The Siasat Daily
Jasphal Sandhu, UGC Secretary sent a letter addressed to all the Unviversities saying, “The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other ...






Deccan Chronicle
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 out a digital ...






Economic Times
“For the last one year, I could not even speak to my parents. Naxals don't allow our villagers to keep a phone. They take away the Aadhaar cards from ...






Scroll.in
Government websites are leaking Aadhaar numbers. ... and the Centre's Swachch Bharat Mission displayed the Aadhaar details of beneficiaries.






The Wire
For skeptics and critics of Aadhaar, one of the sticking points has been the seeming opaqueness of the system. On Twitter this took a literal turn when ...






Mid-Day
Another guy, Uday Ungulate complained, "Doesn't the government have anything better to do with its time than give us an Aadhaar card type thing.






Times of India
"We can make use of the power of Aadhaar-based identity verification to allow private channels to provide services wherever possible. Identification of ...






India.com
“We can make use of the power of Aadhaar-based identity verification to allow private channels to provide services wherever possible. Identification of ...