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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.


Friday, May 12, 2017

11322 - BENGALURU LANDLORDS HAVE A NEW DEMAND: AADHAAR - Bangalore Mirror Bureau



Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Updated: May 10, 2017, 11.53 PM IST

Away from the security debate around UID, a new problem has arisen for those unwilling to get their iris and fingerprints scanned — landlords are increasingly turning away potential tenants without Aadhaar

Samudra Dasgupta, a BCom student, came to the city a few years ago and found a home on rent without much hassle. Recently though, when he was house-hunting, a landlord told him he could get the house only if he has an Aadhaar card.

A year after the Central Government made Aadhaar mandatory for property registrations, house-owners and real-estate agents in the city are asking tenants to produce their Aadhaar cards to process rental agreements.

Dasgupta’s house-hunting story had a happy ending as he did have an Aadhaar card. “One of my friends could not shift with us as he did not have it,” he told BM.

The unwritten Aadhaar rule has taken several tenants by surprise. Avinash Naik, a techie, said, “Landlords have always insisted on an ID proof before renting out houses.

These days Aadhaar card is a must for everything from LPG to electricity bill, but that is because they need our address proof. Why insist on an Aadhaar card or number for the rent agreement though?”

Till recently, students or professionals, could get houses on rent with a student ID or a company ID.

A house-owner in Benga­luru South told Bangalore Mirror why he prefers to ask for the Aadhaar card. “I feel Aadhaar is a better option over college or company ID cards. With it, we can get all the details of the person we rent our houses to.”

Realtors take the Aadhaar card as a token of security. “According to the government’s new rules, if the owner of a plot/complex/flat claims a housing allowance of Rs 8,000 rupees or more from their company, it is a must for them to submit their Aadhaar or PAN card, along with the usual documents, at the time of registration,” says Khazi Khameruddin, a real-estate agent from Bengaluru East.

Another real-estate agent said, “The Aadhaar card is necessary because house-owners might need all the details in times of emergency such as a health issue or if the tenant is involved in some criminal activity in the house.”

Recently, the Mysuru city police made it mandatory for house-owners to collect the Aadhaar details and submit them to their jurisdictional police station. The owners were given a 30-day deadline for submitting the details of the tenant from the start date of the rental agreement. They were also instructed that failing to do this would attract penal action under Section 188 of the IPC that deals with disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant.


* I was asked for my Aadhaar card before renting the flat. I honestly feel ­that it should be a must for every apartment to be rented for better mutual safety and security. My four roommates and I had to give our Aadhaar card details. — Shivam Gupta, a student
of hotel management

* Before renting the apartment, the landlord asked me for Aadhaar card and I gave him the details. I did not enquire further and so he did not give me an explanation.
— Ravi Arora, a techie

* I was looking for apartments on a very short notice a few months ago and I was really disappointed because I couldn’t rent a lot of apartments that I found convenient as I didn’t have an Aadhaar card at that point of time.
— Naren K, a techie