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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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Monday, May 29, 2017

11489 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 28th May 2017



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Civil services aspirants will have to bring a copy of Aadhaar card or other identify proof to appear in the UPSC's preliminary examination ...






Times of India
"Muhammad Shihab said they approched a middleman to get an Aadhaar card, so that getting other cards like voter ID card and ration card would be ...



The New Indian Express
BHUBANESWAR: The Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department has made it mandatory for residents to submit their Aadhaar card details at ...



Business Standard
Information Technology and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tells Kiran Rathee the system has enough safeguards to protect the privacy of Indian ...






The Arunachal Times
This was announced by Lohit Deputy Commissioner Danish Ashraf in a meeting held on May 26 to review progress of Aadhaar enrolment in the ...






The New Indian Express
... on Saturday gave a call for protest against the increased surveillance and security measures, including the compulsion of Aadhaar at the campus, ...






Financial Express
Centre's big Aadhaar push, makes India world No. 1 in adoption of biometric tech: HSBC report. With advancements in the field of biometric ...






Daily Pioneer
In order to ensure that all the beneficiaries of several pension schemes for the elderly, physically handicapped, widow and others complete their ...






The Indian Express
As one of the architects of Aadhaar, Nilekani had argued that the country of the 21st century will have to be one that seriously invests in the digital ...






BloombergQuint
The Aadhaar law has a privacy framework and the government is open to suggestions to further strengthen it but the benefits of the biometric ID can't ...






Deccan Chronicle
The gang was organising brothels online. The police seized Rs 5,960, a bike, a Bangladesh passport, fake Aadhaar and election cards and seven ...






Economic Times
On GST and Aadhaar issue, he said, "They (BJP) used to oppose Aadhaar and GST (before coming to power). Now, they fully support them. This is ...






Outlook India
Likewise in the Aadhaar Act, which was introduced as a money Bill touted to be having the objective of plugging subsidy leaks, provisions permitting ...






Times of India
He further said that the BJP had strongly criticised Aadhaar, the National Rural Employment Guarantee and Assurance Scheme, goods and services ...






Daily Pioneer
So far, 8.73 crore Aadhaar number of workers have been seeded in NREGASoft (MIS) and 4.73 crore have been enabled for Aadhaar Based Payment ...



Firstpost (satire)
They even called him anti-national and asked him to show his Aadhaar card. Luckily, Ishant was carrying Aadhaar card as he had planned to buy ...






NYOOOZ
"The fair-price shop owners have been asked to maintain a proper record of the distribution and demand photocopy of the beneficiaries' Aadhaar Card ...






Telangana Today
The Aadhaar-linked DBT scheme, he said, has helped in plugging leakages, removing middlemen and eliminating ghost beneficiaries.






NYOOOZ
"We will divide these hostels on the basis of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and Aadhaar will be made mandatory for all the inmates along ...