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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

11285 - Safe in the cloud - The Hindu


MAY 07, 2017 17:00 IST


DigiLocker aims to help students submit applications without the hassle of getting the documents attested

Tired of running around to get important documents attested while filling out different applications? The Government of India has an innovative solution to save you all the trouble. 

DigiLocker, is a cloud-based platform introduced by the government through which important documents are digitally protected. It is for issue and verification of documents such as marksheets, driving licence, domicile certificate and so on.
Authenticity ensured

It makes sure that fake documents are eliminated through Aadhaar-enabled authentication. The documents stored in the cloud can be accessed in electronic and printable formats and also shared with various agencies. DigiLocker ensures privacy and security to the owner of the documents and the person requesting them. Both the owner and the applicant must register on the DigiLocker portal with a unique user ID and password.

Rahul, a pre-university student, is in the process of applying for his higher studies to various colleges and universities. Every educational institution requires several documents for admission. They comprise marksheets of Class X and XII, migration certificate, transfer certificate, among other documents. These have to be duly attested by a gazetted officer or a government official to verify their authenticity.
During admission, if Rahul misplaces a single document, he loses his chances of securing a seat at his preferred institution. Entities such as CBSE are already part of DigiLocker.

How it functions

There are three stakeholders in a digital locker mechanism. In the education sector, there is the school or the Board which issues marksheets in an electronic format which can be stored in a repository.
The requester is an entity, such as a university, who requests secure access to a particular document. Students can use the service based on Aadhaar and one-time-password authentication with an exclusive storage space of 1 GB. Once the student uploads the documents to DigiLocker and e-signs them, he/she can provide different entities access to them upon request.
Instead of taking multiple printouts of the same document, getting it attested by a government officer and submitting it to relevant authorities, students can provide their DigiLocker link and grant access. Old documents in physical format can also be digitised and uploaded. DigiLocker seems to be the future of document management.
As the Internet is required to store and access the data in the repository, the government must come out with policies to bridge the digital divide. Computer literacy and Internet availability are essential for this project to be successful, helping even rural students make use of paperless college admissions.
The author is a first-year student of industrial and production engineering, National Institute of Engineering, Mysore.