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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.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

11221 - Drought-affected dairy farmers in Karnataka have another worry: Aadhaar - Hindustan Times

The Karnataka govt declared that only farmers who have a fodder ration booklet will be given subsidised fodder, a lifeline for the dairy farmers battling a crippling shortage in cattle food.
INDIA Updated: May 02, 2017 14:38 Ist


Hindustan Times, Kolar

Karnataka is battling a third successive drought year.(AFP File Photo)

In the hinterlands of Karnataka that is battling a third successive drought year and increasingly parched lands, farmers have a new worry: Aadhaar.

The state government has declared that only farmers who have a fodder ration booklet will be given subsidised fodder, a lifeline for tens of thousands of people in a region battling a crippling shortage in cattle food.
But to be issued the booklet, where details of rationed fodder is entered, one needs to have the 12-digit biometric identity number that has run into a storm of criticism across the nation.
“The local veterinary doctor certifies the number of cattle each farmer owns and we are then given a booklet that contains these details,” Narayanappa, an octogenarian farmer in the drought-ravaged Kolar district, said. On producing the booklets, farmers are eligible to buy 5kg of fodder per animal per day at Rs 2 per kg at makeshift fodder banks set up across the district.
But often that’s not enough. Demand for fodder outstrips supply by more than 80 times and on most occasions Narayanappa gets half the daily dose of fodder that he needs, that too only thrice a week. All his five cows are starving.

Chennakeshavaiah, deputy director of animal husbandry in the district, said Aadhaar authentication was made mandatory to check malpractice. “We had to authenticate the booklets and decided that Aadhaar was the best way.”

The biometric identification project has run into controversy with mounting data breaches and complaints of malfunctioning. But the government has continued to expand its usage, even making it mandatory for filing income tax and PAN.

The Supreme Court has repeatedly asked the government to not make Aadhaar mandatory for welfare schemes – this order, activists say, has been violated in Karnataka by making the 12-digit number necessary for subsidised fodder.

“The Supreme Court has unambiguously stated that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for any scheme till the Constitution Bench disposes off the petitions challenging Aadhaar,” said advocate Clifton Rosario.

A sweeping change in crop pattern and drying lakes and rivers has sent groundwater levels plunging, and cattle starving across the state – hurting the profitable dairy industry. Many farmers are hanging onto the subsidised fodder scheme for sustenance.
Other farmers say there was rampant corruption in the distribution of fodder, despite the Aadhaar authentication. “Each taluk has only one fodder bank and those who stay in villages near these banks have been able to corner most of the fodder that is sold,” Ram Reddy, who own 10 heads of cattle in Belamaranahalli village, said. “As it is, fodder is only available about three days a week,” he said.

The district has around 276,000 heads of cattle, of which around 165,000 are milch animals, Chennakeshavaiah said. Other attempts to help mitigate the situation, too, had fallen short, farmers said. The state government had built goshalas (shelters) across the state as a temporary measure to help dairy farmers. In Kolar, the goshala had to be closed because farmers did not want it.

“The goshala was not popular with farmers because we don’t want to leave our cattle there,” Reddy said.

KA Eeranna, another farmer in Belamaranahalli said, farmers demanded that the goshala be closed and the district administration sell fodder directly to farmers instead. “We wanted access to fodder and not a shelter for the cattle,” he said.