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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.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

11514 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 9th June 2017


SC to deliver verdict on Aadhaar-PAN linkage on June 9

Mr. Rohatgi had argued that taking fingerprints and iris impressions for Aadhaar was not an invasion of a citizen's body as the right of a person to his ...


PAN-Aadhaar Linking: How To Do It Online, Via SMS
Once you are on the Income Tax Department's e-filing website, you need to spot and click on the new 'LinkAadhaar' hyperlink provided on the left ...
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Aadhaar mandatory for mid-day meal, but only 20% students have it
A special Aadhaar enrolment camp held at Gautam Budh Nagar Collectorate hardly yielded fruit. Out of around 50 fresh applications, only three were ...
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Workshop on Aadhaar for district officials held in city
Mysuru: The linking of Aadhaar to various welfare schemes announced by both the State and Central Governments will help in monitoring if the ...
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TISS Extends Fee Deadline, But Aadhaar Remains Compulsory for Students
The Wire contacted TISS director S. Parasuraman last week, who justified both the fund cuts and the rules making Aadhaar compulsory. On the issue ...
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Government's claims of Aadhaar savings for the LPG scheme are overstated
This is Part 3 of a series of analysis by Anand Venkatanarayanan related to claims made about Aadhaar. Read Part 1 and Part 2, which were written in ...
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SBI To Make Aadhaar Mandatory For Recruitment Processes
Going alongside the major recruiting bodies of the country, State Bank of India (SBI) is also likely to makeAadhaar number mandatory for all ...
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New tech to empower India's poor: Information minister
For example, India's population of 1.3 billion own 1.15 billion Aadhaar cards, with verifiable digital identities. We separately opened 280 million Jan ...
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Provident Fund: 5 Latest Developments EPFO Subscribers Should Know About
1) EPFO has extended deadline for submitting Aadhaar to June 30 for its over four crore members. However, the deadline for submission of Aadhaar ...
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PF Withdrawal: How To Submit Claim Online
Subscribers who have activated their UAN or Universal Account Number and seeded their KYC (Aadhaar) with EPFO can submit claims online for ...
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ICSE to hold board exams for Class 5 and Class 8 starting 2018-19
However, it will be mandatory for students to link their DigiLocker to their Aadhaar. “We are requesting schools to make sure they ask the students to ...
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More Modifications For Making Aadhaar Cards
inextlive के साथ रहिए खबरों की दुनिया से जुड़े। यहां पढ़िए More Modifications For Making Aadhaar Cards से जुड़ी हिन्दी ...
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Physical banks will perish in the next 5-6 years: Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant
“The Aadhaar design principle is based on micro-services and in this case we have a first mover advantage over other countries. There are hardly any ...
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Man found hanging from tree
A police official shows the Aadhaar card found on the body hanging from a tree. Photo: Inderjeet Verma. Ludhiana: Panic gripped the Malikpur area ...
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C'garh trying hard to register traders under GST
The traders can get their provision Identity, password, PAN card, Aadhaar card with mobile number/DSC, copy of current registration , photograph, ...
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Niti Aayog's ambitious plan for Adityanath govt
Completing Aadhaar enrollment and verification of beneficiaries under National Social Assistance Programme by September this year, increasing ...
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How to Use DigiLocker to view Mark sheets of Board Exams like ICSE, CBSE?
The locker will be linked to your UIDAI Aadhaar Number and the citizens will get their own cloud storage account for accessing the documents.
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Pakistan High Commission mum on three arrested in Bengaluru
We will apply for their police custody again as we have to interrogate them on the Aadhaar case,” said Commissioner of Police Praveen Sood.