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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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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

11284 - Seven illegal migrants from Bangladesh arrested in Belagavi - Deccan Chronicle

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | NAUSHAD BIJAPUR
Published
May 7, 2017, 6:14 am IST

All the arrested were working in mutton shops at various locations in Belagavi city for the past sometime.

The police have continued their investigations to get more details about all illegal Bangladeshis in Belagavi city. (Representational image)

Belagavi: Seven illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, who had got their Aadhaar and ration cards done in Belagavi to legalise their stay, have been arrested. Anwar Sadar, Ajubeg, Shoufi Bepari, Hafiz Islam, Hakeeb and Abdul Gali were arrested in a joint operation by Pune and Belagavi police, while another illegal immigrant, Mohammad Bepari, also shown to be a Belagavi resident, was caught in Pune.

Six of the arrested were remanded to judicial custody, while one to police custody by Belagavi 2nd JMFC on Saturday. Pune and Belagavi police officers carried out the joint operation to catch all the seven illegal immigrants, sources said.

The Malamaruti police have registered cases under the Foreigners Act of 1946 against the accused.

Mohammad Bepari was on his way to catch a flight to Dubai from the Pune airport when the Pune police got a tipoff on his whereabouts and arrested him. During the interrogation, Bepari spilled the beans on the locations of his associates in Belagavi.
All the arrested were working in mutton shops at various locations in Belagavi city for the past sometime. A resident of Gandhi Nagar, Riyana Kattimani, has allegedly got 20 Aadhaar cards done for Bangladesh residents staying in Belagavi. The police have continued their investigations to get more details about all illegal Bangladeshis in Belagavi city.

At a meeting in Belagavi recently, MPs Ananth Kumar Hegde and Suresh Angadi had raised the issue of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants staying in various parts of Belagavi and alleged that many had already got Aadhaar and ration cards and passports done through agents. The MPs had questioned the local authorities as to why a survey was not done to arrest them.