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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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Saturday, May 20, 2017

11433 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 19th June 2017



The Indian Express
Aadhaar for welfare schemes: SC defers hearing to June 27, three days before deadline. Divan requested that the case be referred to the two-judge ...



The Indian Express
Aadhaar-issuing authority UIDAI has asked research firm Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) to explain its sensational claim that 13 crore Aadhaar ...



The Wire
ISPIRT, a software product lobby organisation , has come under fire by Aadhaar critics for allegedly orchestrating an online trolling campaign. Credit: ...






Deccan Chronicle
Hyderabad: Aadhaar data stored with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) could be threatened by attacks from ransomware like ...






Bar & Bench
Challenge to the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar for 17 social service schemes including mid day meals, scholarship scheme, schemes for ...






MediaNama.com
You might soon require an Aadhaar card for continuing to use your existing home broadband connection or for getting a new connection. Telecom ...






The Shillong Times
In a statement, the deputy director of logistics in the Ministry of IT and Electronics said downloaded Aadhaar card with details like name, address, ...






Outlook India
chandigarh, May 18 Haryana Chief Secretary D S Dhesi today urged banks in the state to complete 100 per cent Aadhaar and mobile seeding in all ...



Odisha Television Ltd.
Umerkote: Large number of Aadhaar cards, bank passbooks and ATM cards were found abandoned under a bridge near Bokata village under ...






State Times
Mankotia in a press statement said that whenever district administration organised an Aadhaar Card camp in a village, continuous power failure ...






The Indian Express
The insurance behemoth has launched its second product — the first being two endowment assurance plans for individuals having Aadhaar card last ...






Livemint
For the first time this year, Aadhaar number of a student is mentioned on their certificate, he was quoted as saying in an official release. “There are ...



The Hindu
According to Collector M. Karunakaran, the fertilizer stockists / traders in the district should have Aadhaar Card, the Identity Number given by ...






The Hindu
“At least 12 Aadhaar enrolment applications, including data correction, are being attended by an Akshaya entrepreneur on a regular basis.






NDTV
Yogi said the officials should ensure that desired quantity of foodgrains reach the beneficiaries by plugging thefts/leaks through the use of Aadhaar ...






NDTV
Alongside the facility to link biometric identifier Aadhaar with PAN, the department also put two separate hyperlinks on its e-filing website - one to ...






Rising Kashmir Daily English Newspaper (press release)
... to review the commodity-wise, stock position, status of NFSA, Aadhaar seeding, installation of computers and internet (EPDS), details of ration cards, ...






The Tribune
Sources said Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi recently directed all the banks to start a drive to link bank accounts with the Aadhaar numbers of ...






The Hindu
However, the district child welfare committee maintained that Aadhaar cards were not enough and they should be supported by certificates of their ...






Times of India
Setu is fast becoming the preferred platform to acquire legal necessities such as a voter's card and Aadhaar card for people from special groups.






Times of India
Jagbir said for the first time the marksheets would bear Aadhaar numbers of the students. He said over 5,000 students could get their mark sheets after ...






Business Standard
The court, earlier on March 27, specified that the Aadhaar card should not be made mandatory for availing governmental schemes. In a violation of the ...






BW Businessworld
Amit Sharma is CEO and cofounder of ShopX, which by the way is backed by Nandan Nilekani (of Infosys cofounding and Aadhaar fame). Amit in his ...