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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, June 9, 2017

11508 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 8th June 2017



Forbes
India is taking to new technology faster than the West.But the key to advancement is that security measures are adopted at that same speed. After an ...
Spotlight on: Demonetization in India - PaymentsJournal (press release) (registration) (blog)



Times of India
NEW DELHI: Retirement fund body EPFO has extended the deadline for submitting Aadhaar number to June 30 for its over four crore members.



Hindustan Times
An Indian visitor gives a thumb impression to withdraw money from his bank account with his Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID) card during a Digi ...



The Indian Express
The Aadhaar project had two purposes. One was inclusion. Since the birth registration system was not robust enough, there were millions of people in ...






Livemint
An independent body monitoring Aadhaar payment failures and user experiences could be a strong accountability mechanism. Photo: Priyanka ...






The Hindu
Even as the jury is still out on Aadhaar, as concerns of data security, an Aadhaar dealer running an Aadhaar enrolment agency was arrested here by ...






Huffington Post India
Aadhaar is being linked to bank accounts, income tax, PAN and other more sensitive information. This makes it a huge threat surface for hackers to ...






Morung Express
He also informed about the Aadhaar enrollment in the two Aadhaar Centres at ADC Office, Peren and SDO(C) Office, Jalukie. He also apprised of ...



Livemint
The Finance Act 2017 makes it mandatory for individual tax payers to quote their Aadhaar number while filing income tax returns (ITRs). The new rule ...






Financial Express
“The Aadhaar ID system has been designed like a platform of innovation, like the internet or GPS. Early signs are emerging of various innovative uses ...






Economic Times
Now, we are informed that starting this year, she is required to state her Aadhaar number on her IT return. She does not have an Aadhaar card ...






Times of India
The RPF team also found devices to generate fake Aadhaar numbers. The confirmed journey tickets were booked in fake names on the basis of fake ...






The Hindu
The Supreme Court had said that Aadhaar was not mandatory for distribution of benefits. Yet, the EPFO was insisting on Aadhaar cards for its ...






Press Trust of India
Joshi said that Aadhaar has been made compulsory for the 'mid day meal' scheme which may deprive many children from getting these meals.






Moneycontrol.com
The government has been pushing for digital payments with the recent introduction of BHIM Aadhaar app on April 2017 which allows merchants to pay ...






Hindustan Times
All canteens and business establishments on the campus will be encouraged to use the BHIM app by linking their bank accounts with Aadhaar.






NDTV
Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC) has released job notifications for recruitment to various posts. The Commission has invited applications ...






Millennium Post
About the recently introduced DigiLocker facility, Arathoon informed that schools in India are being instructed to capture the Aadhaar number of the ...






Scroll.in
The shortage of cash in rural ATMs has compounded the problems faced by bank account holders while linking their accounts with their Aadhaar ..