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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 28, 2017

11549 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 26th June 2017


The Wire
The host of mandatory Aadhaar notifications state that 'proof of possession' or 'authentication' will suffice to access the required subsidy or service.
Aadhaar card not valid for entering Nepal, says India - Online Khabar (English) (satire) (blog)



Livemint
Biometrics identification enabled by Aadhaar proves the identity of the PAN holder and helps tax authorities to crack cases of multiple PANs held by ...



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has notified making Aadhaar card details compulsory for those seeking subsidy on e-rickshaws registered in the ...






Times Now
New Delhi: Indians travelling to Nepal or Bhutan cannot use Aadhaar as a valid identification document, the Union Home Ministry has said.






The New Indian Express
CHENNAI: Want a new mobile SIM card? Produce your Aadhaar card copy as proof, else you won't get it. Ditto shifting your connection from prepaid to ...






Bangalore Mirror
Henceforth, youngsters enrolling themselves in the National Cadet Corps (NCC) will have to furnish their Aadhaar number, mobile number and also ...






The Northlines
NEW DELHI: Aadhaar is not a valid identification document for Indians travelling to Nepal and Bhutan, the Union home ministry has said. Indians can ...






The Hindu
The Aadhaar numbers are sought from applicants for the purpose of better implementation of our schemes and avoid duplication.” He adds that the ...






Reuters
Citizens are being pushed to link their 12-digit Aadhaar number, which captures fingerprints and iris scans, to everything from school enrollments to air ...
A flimsy foundation - Breakingviews



Livemint
To get a sense of how open APIs can bring in change, we can look at the government's open API policy for five programmes: Aadhaar, eKYC, eSign, ...






Hindu Business Line
Quoting of Aadhaar has been made mandatory. In case an individual has not received an Aadhaar card but applied for the same, he or she has to give ...






The Hindu
Invariably, such people do not have email accounts and are not carrying their Aadhaar card. We create email accounts for them, ask them to get their ...






The Hindu
To provide ration cards and to sensitise people about linking Aadhaar cards with ration cards, the district administration has decided to take up a ...






Hindu Business Line
Aadhaar is an issue of prestige for the Modi government. Still, it came as a surprise when the Government in its latest reshuffle of the bureaucracy ...






Livemint
In India, given the deep penetration of cellphones and the unique identification (Aadhaar) system, blockchain could be a practical and feasible tool to ...






NYOOOZ
Bansal said he was astonished to read that she had taken the credit for Aadhaar (UID) which was launched during his tenure as an MP. He claimed ...






Firstpost
One's aadhaar card doubles in as her debit card when it comes to purchase of goods and services by those untouched by the credit card or debit card ...






Star of Mysore
He called upon the gathering to have a transparency in auctioning assets and said that things like JAM (Jandhan, Aadhaar and Mobile) are very ...






The Hindu
Submitting copies of documents such as Pan Card, Aadhaar, voters ID or driving licence is a mandatory identification requirement while availing of ...






Firstpost (satire)
Arun Jaitley quipped “if Rajini plays 14 roles, he should get as many Aadhaar cards and pay tax in each of them”. Former cricket captain Kapil Dev ...






Telangana Today
He also responded to the Aadhaar card issue at Vemulawada temple. Shrine authorities made it mandatory to produce Aadhaar card for book rooms ...






Eastern Mirror
New Delhi, June 25 (PTI): Aadhaar is not a valid identification document for Indians travelling to Nepal and Bhutan, the Union home ministry has said.






HERE. NOW
If the Supreme Court bent over backwards to please Indira, it is doing something similar today, too, especially in Aadhaar related judgements.






Daily Excelsior
Sushma Swaraj has announced than applicants can now submit their ration card as proof of identity instead of PAN or Aadhaar which the people in ...






India Today
New Delhi: Aadhaar is not a valid identification document for Indians travelling to Nepal and Bhutan, the Union home ministry says. By Ashwini ...






Financial Express
This is unfortunate given the high cost and the leakages, given the poor seeding of ration cards with Aadhaar in many states or the lack of PoS ...






Daily Pioneer
Aadhaar card is mandatory for this purpose. A circular has been issued from the Directorate of Horticulture Naya Raipur, to this effect. The Department ...