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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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Friday, May 12, 2017

11320 - Aadhaar linkage creating hurdles for tribals - The Hindu


VISAKHAPATNAM, MAY 12, 2017 00:00 IST


Hardship A tribal woman returning disappointed from a PDS centre in a hamlet in Paderu .By Arrangement


Scope for the middlemen has increased, says IIT professor Reetika Khera

In Bandaveedhi village in Paderu in Visakhapatnam agency, 400 residents had gone without the basic food items from the public distribution system (PDS) in April, as the officer concerned had a marriage at home and had no time to switch on the biometric machine that would record the finger prints of the beneficiaries. 

In Kasimkota, Padma, 70, was sent back on Wednesday after she trekked about 3 km in scorching heat to reach the centre, as her iris did not match and was told to come another day or get herself re-enrolled.

Practical difficulties
These were the practical difficulties that the adivasis and the people in rural Andhra Pradesh had been facing over the linkage, said Reetika Khera, Associate Professor from the department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Delhi. 

As per the Supreme Court’s directive linking Aadhaar for any government scheme was not mandatory, but the government machinery in all the States had been insisting on it leading to problems at least for 10 to 20% beneficiaries, and they fell in the most vulnerable segment, she opined, after a survey conducted across many States, including AP.

“In many cases, beneficiaries are sent back due to lack of connectivity or faulty machines or machines refusing to recognise the bio-metrics. And what happens if the beneficiary is old and disabled. It is not an easy task to come a second or a third time in rural or tribal areas and go back disappointed without the supplies,” she added.

Muscleman’s share
In AP, the PDS system closes by 15th of every month. If one can return by the 15th with the re-enrolment or completing other formalities, consumers can get the rations. Otherwise, they lose out as there is no carry forward system as present in Tamil Nadu.

Comparing AP and Jharkhand, Dr. Reetika said, “In Jharkhand the muscleman of the PDS depot or the local strongman will take a share of your ration even if you have a bio-metric embedded Aadhaar card. They were taking their share when the ration card was in paper format and they continue to take now when it is in the shape of Aadhaar card. So the argument that corruption has been rooted out with Aadhaar does not really hold water.”

Moreover, with the Aadhaar linkage, the scope for the middlemen has increased. “Aadhaar was supposed to remove middlemen. But today we have a middleman for enrolment, another for re-enrolment, another for taking out photocopies of documents and another for getting the documents authenticated,” added Dr. Reetika.