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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, July 14, 2017

11606 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 16TH JULY 2017



The Hindu
Regulator, Irda has asked insurance companies to collect Aadhaar, the 12-digit unique identity, of their agents for creation of an online database in ...






The Hindu
The Income Tax department's insistence on linking Aadhaar cards with PAN cards is creating a lot of confusion and misery for most people, especially ...



The Wire
Many have, in the past, expressed fear that irresponsible use or misuse of Aadhaar could lead India to becoming precisely that, placing enormous ...



Business Standard
Note: The PDF file will be password protected. The password to open the pdf file containing your Aadhaar is the pin code of your home address.



The Indian Express
The central Act makes Aadhaar mandatory for any “subsidy, benefit or service” for which the expenditure is borne fully or shared partially by the ...



Times of India
PUNE: Aadhaar enrolment work in Pune district will be carried out at government buildings by Mahaonline, stated district collector Saurabh Rao while ...






Pune Mirror
Joshi is one of over 50,000 pensioners who are victims of the chaos that has ensued, subsequent to the government's rule of synching their Aadhaar ...






Daily News & Analysis
The Income Tax (I-T) department has found instances where there have been issues of linking Aadhaar number with the PAN card because of ...






Biometric Update
India's five-judge Supreme Court bench will hear several petitions challenging the legality of the Aadhaar project, said Chief Justice of India JS Khehar ...



News18
This particular method gets a positive result only in case of those who have registered themselves under the Aadhaar scheme. But for those who have ...






Deccan Chronicle
Unlike PAN card or election card, Aadhaar captures biometric of its holder and flashes them whenever is required for welfare schemes. This video ...






The Hindu
Assistant PF Commissioner Rohit Singh appealed to all members of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to get their Aadhaar ...






Hindustan Times
The civic agency will ask the applicants to mention the Aadhaar number of parents of new born babies and the Unique Identity number (UID) of the ...






The Hindu
The 21-year-old is required to submit his Aadhaar details to his firm, but does not have the card yet, despite having made two attempts since January.






Times Now
Aadhaar helps reunite missing teenager with family in Indore Description: "During the scan of eyes and thumb, it was found that Monu's Aadhar card ...






The Hindu
Scotching rumours that Aadhaar had been made mandatory for kids participating in the National School Games, Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Friday ...






The New Indian Express
In this climate, Aadhaar is turned into all kinds of things it was not meant to be. Way back in Nandan Nilekani's days, Aadhaar looked like a decent ...






The Indian Express
A Constitutional Bench has been set up by the Supreme Court to hear the Aadhaar case relating to the right to privacy (parent case). The bench would ...






Daily News & Analysis
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration has decided to make Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBS) ...



The Tribune
Despite repeated reminders by the District Education Department to update Aadhaar Card details of students schools are not adhering to the diktat.






The Hindu
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India, like many other agencies and for different purposes, has decided to use the Aadhaar ...



Reuters
Separately, a CIS report said the Aadhaar numbers of as many as 135 million Indians had leaked from government databases and could be found ...






The New Indian Express
There were, however, a few sparks during the hearing when counsel Divan submitted that making Aadhaar mandatory was akin to making India a ...






Economic Times
When Aadhaar and PAN Card is linked, the duplicate PAN Cards become invalid by default once GST comes into effect. Banks have already intimated ...






The Hindu
Many pertained to the difficulties in obtaining Aadhaar and Voters' ID cards. There were also grievances regarding the inability in applying for birth ...