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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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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

11464 - Aadhaar, Jan Dhan led to India's improved economy in 3 years: PM in Gujarat - Business Standard

Said two factors behind India's growth are universal banking and universal biometric identification
IANS  |  Gandhinagar 
May 23, 2017 Last Updated at 13:12 IST


Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi at airport in Bhuj, Gujarat

Fuelled by Aadhaar and Jan Dhan Yojana, India has improved upon all the macroeconomic indicators over the last three years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Gandhinagar on Tuesday.
"The fiscal deficit, balance of payments deficit and inflation have all come down while the GDP growth rate, foreign exchange reserves and public capital investments have increased," Modi said while inaugurating the 52nd annual meeting of the African Development Bank.

The prime minister said India had taken huge strides in development and could share with Africa some of the strategies used by his government over the last three years.

He said two crucial factors behind India's growth story were universal banking and universal biometric identification.
"The first set of changes we made was in the banking system. We launched Jan Dhan Yojana under which over 280 million bank accounts have been opened for the poor in rural and urban areas," he said
"Thanks to the initiative, virtually every Indian family has a bank account," he added.
The second crucial element was the universal biometric identification system called Aadhar, Modi said.
"It prevents claiming of benefits by those who are not eligible. It enables us to ensure that those who deserve government aid receive it by easy while eliminating non-genuine claims," he said.
Modi said by paying subsidies directly to the poor rather than indirectly through price concessions, India achieved large fiscal savings.
He said India and Africa had a long history of cooperation with strong ties lasting for centuries.
"India's partnership with Africa is based on a model of cooperation which is responsive to the needs of African countries," he said
"After assuming office in 2014, I have made Africa a top priority for India's foreign and economic policy," the prime minister said.
He said while he himself visited six African countries ever since becoming the Prime Minister, there was no country in Africa that has not been visited by an Indian minister in the last three years.
He said that Africa-India trade had multiplied in the last 15 years with it doubling in just the last five years to reach nearly 72 billion dollars in 2014-15.
"From 1996 to 2016, Africa accounted for nearly one-fifth of Indian overseas direct investments."
The Prime Minister said most of the challenges facing both India and Africa were the same including uplifting farmers and poor, and empowering women.
"Our challenges also include ensuring our rural communities have access to finance and building infrastructure within financial constraints and maintaining macroeconomic stability so that inflation is contained," he said.
Modi added while India cannot compete with Africa in long-distance running in sports arena, "but I can assure you that India will always stand with you shoulder to shoulder supporting you in the long and difficult race for a better future".