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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.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

11519 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 13th June 2017



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The finance ministry today said subscribers of the Atal Pension Yojna (APY) will have to link their Aadhaar to their accounts for availing ...



The Wire
Much to the relief of the petitioners, the court also held that those assessees who are not Aadhaar card holders need not comply with the said ...



The Hindu
In another thumbs up for use of Aadhaar by various agencies of the State, the High Court of Karnataka on Monday said there was no illegality in ...



The Wire
In court, the government said Aadhaar is needed because there are lots of fake and duplicate PAN cards. So why won't it say how many dodgy ...






Hindu Business Line
Banks seem to be tossing regulator RBI's guidelines out the window, with several of them insisting on linking Aadhaar numbers to new savings ...






Biometric Update
India's Supreme Court said in a ruling that citizens cannot be forced to enroll for Aadhaar — a 12-digit unique identity number based on collected ...






Hindu Business Line
For updating mobile number details, the person will have to be physically present as it requires biometric authentication of the Aadhaar card holder.



Times of India
Trichy: The civil supplies and consumer protection council department has asked consumers to submit their Aadhaar and photo at ration shop once ...






The Arunachal Times
TEZU, Jun 12: In all, 43 inmates of Tezu District Jail were enrolled for Aadhaar by a team of Biometric Enrolment (BME) officials from District Statistics ...






CanIndia News
New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) The government on Monday clarified that Aadhaar number will be required to avail of the central co-contribution benefit ...






Times of India
Hubballi: Chief minister Siddaramaiah has said that the crediting of Re 1 to farmers' accounts was just an experiment to test the seeding of Aadhaar ...






Outlook India
Unique Identification Agency of India, the authority that issues the Aadhaar card, is willing to spend close to Rs 30 crore a year for a media makeover ...







International Business Times, India Edition
"I am a living proof of not having Aadhaar," Sudeep J Salim, a journalist, wrote on his Facebook page. "There are 100s in Kerala who have not taken ...

Knn India
During the meeting it was decided that the request by MSME to avail benefits under scheme should be Aadhaar linked and subsidy will be disbursed ...






Assam Tribune
Initially, the registration process was slow as the people were not fully aware of the Aadhaar-based registration. Moreover, the people of Assam do not ...






Economic Times
Remember to keep Aadhaar number handy while filing returns this year as it has become mandatory to mention the same in the ITR forms from July 1.






The Hindu
She narrated: “The caller told me that my ATM card was blocked as I had not linked my Aadhaar number to the bank account. After I shared my ...






Economic Times
“The continuous decline in the tablet space could be attributed to lack of promotional activities in the space,” said Kumari. “Aadhaar has, of course, ...






Daily News & Analysis
The Supreme Court has termed as "fallacious" an argument that the new provision of the Income Tax Act making Aadhaar mandatory for filing income ...






The Tribune
According to a Delhi Traffic Police senior officer, now for making driving licence, Aadhaar card is going to be compulsory. Due to Aadhaar card, driving ...






ETTelecom.com
“The continuous decline in the Tablet space could be attributed to the lack of promotional activities in the space. Aadhaar has, of course, provided a lot ...






Gizbot
"The continuous decline in the Tablet space could be attributed to the lack of promotional activities in the space. Aadhaar has, of course, provided a lot ...






Mint (press release) (subscription) (blog)
Retail fertiliser outlets will be equipped with PoS machines to be able to read buyers' Aadhaar cards. Just after the farmer's purchase the difference ...






India.com
The Ministry of Finance also informed the beneficiaries that those who did not possess Aadhar cards will have to undergo enrolment under Aadhaar ...