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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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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

11295 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 9th May 2017



Times of India (blog)
There has been a concerted campaign in the last few weeks 'exposing' the Aadhaar 'data leak'. The impression given in many sections of the media is ...
SC to hear new plea on Aadhaar today - Daily News & Analysis



The Hindu
The enthusiasm with which government agencies and businesses have embraced Aadhaar should prompt India's foreign policy planners to deploy it ...






Live Law
The system would enable an employee with an Aadhaar number to register his/her attendance (arrival/ departure) in the office through biometric ...



Livemint
On 29 September, RBI had issued a circular stating that Aadhaar-enabled PoS terminals and ATMs were to be mandatorily installed by January of ...






Livemint
However, this facility is available only for those who have an active Universal Account Number (UAN) and have linked this account with their Aadhaar ...



The Wire
The specific reason behind the Aadhaar card, Rohatgi pointed out, was “as an effective tool to check terror financing and black money.” His larger ...






Firstpost
Upping the ante to further minimise the usage of cash in the economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched BHIM-Aadhaar platform for ...



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Odisha Sun Times
Operating system brand Indus OS and iris scanning technology provider Delta ID on Monday announced to launch the Aadhaar-authenticated ...



Feminism in India (blog)
The Supreme Court hearing of two petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar card in light of Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act ...






The Tech Portal
On 29th September 2016, the Reserve Bank of India circulated a memo stating Aadhaar-enabled points-of-sale (PoS) terminals as well as ATMs were ...



MENAFN.COM
The government is set to assess the efficacy of linking Aadhaar to the mid-day meal scheme. If found effective it will continue as is, but if there is space ...






TopYaps
Kunwar Bahadur Pandey, father of a baby boy in Jabalpur, got his newborn's Aadhaar Card made six minutes after his birth! This is the first time in ...






The Hindu
Last month, our Parliament made it mandatory for all taxpayers to quote their Aadhaar number while filing their tax returns, or while applying for a new ...






Times of India
Lucknow: Aadhaar card alone is valid document for obtaining driving licence or registration certificate. State government had in August 2016 notified ...






Assam Tribune
In another development, Biren also presided a review meeting on the progress of biometric capturing in hill districts for Aadhaar on Monday. Ministers ...






Livemint
He decried the focus on Aadhaar, which by its very design, does not allow for a “man in the middle” type of attack. Nilekani separately pointed out that ...






NYOOOZ
Nayak said lack of Aadhaar and PAN card was a major hurdle in opening bank accounts for such workers. According to Nayak, the banks opened ...






The Hindu
How do you see technology initiatives like Aadhaar and digital banking ... Now the challenge is to use Aadhaar to provide various services, whether ...