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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


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.


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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

11570 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 3rd July 2017



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Aadhaar-issuing authority UIDAI has asked states to ensure that all enrolments, even those by private agencies, shift to government or ...



Moneycontrol.com
With the 'deadline' for linking Aadhaar and PAN card expiring on June 30, taxpayers who missed linking the two documents are confused about what ...



Economic Times
MUMBAI: Aadhaar Enabled Payments Systems (AEPS), promoted by the government to drive digital payments in rural India, is showing definitive ...






Livemint
New Delhi: Eminent lawyer and constitutional law expert, Kottayan Katankot Venugopal, who is set to become the new attorney general of India, ...






Live Law
The court had told Abrahim that if he would be willing to furnish his Aadhaar card, a direction can be given to the respondent college to grant his son ...



Swarajya
Morning Brief: Moody's Gives Thumbs Up To GST, Jews Seek Minority Status; Aadhaar An Indian consumer goods trader shows letters GST ...






NDTV
The intervention came after an NDTV report on Saturday underscored their condition with no Aadhaar card, ration card or pension. The report had ...






Livemint
The Finance Act, 2017, made it mandatory to quote Aadhaar to file an ITR, with effect from 1 July 2017. While the decision was challenged in the ...






Livemint
Click this option and then login using any one of the more secure methods, such as: Aadhaar linkage to generate OTP; Net banking; demat account ...






Economic Times
The other important case to be listed for hearing for a regular bench for interim relief will be the contentious Aadhaar case. Though a Constitution ...






Firstpost (satire)
It has said, whichever mobile network allowed maximum number of successful Aadhaar to PAN card link on Jun 30th will be announced as the fastest ...






The Hindu
All eligible voters are now required to submit a copy of Aadhaar as proof of identity and address. The registration holds good for both general as well ...






Live Law
AADHAAR MATTER: The Supreme Court had way back on August 11, 2015 referred to a Constitution Bench a batch of petitions challenging the ...






Economic Times
Also, banks prefer asset light payment solutions for financial inclusion, like micro ATMs and Aadhaar Pay rather than deploying expensive ATMs.






Hindustan Times
The biometric identity number, Aadhaar, has in theory brought a billion Indians into the cyber age and will be the basis for even more digital services, ...






The New Indian Express
Earlier, there was a communication the ID can be secured using Aadhaar number. But his has not happened. Only those who uploaded digital ...






The New Indian Express
... affected owing to a glitch in issuing the GST ID number. Earlier, a communication had mentioned the ID could be secured using Aadhaar number.






Scroll.in
Shift all Aadhaar enrolment centres to government premises by August 31, UIDAI tells states: The agency believes the move will ensure direct ...






Telangana Today
While last year, Aadhaar details were made mandatory for admissions, this time the TSCHE has collected Aadhaar, intermediate hall tickets and for ...






Times of India
For seeking admission, the students will need to upload their Aadhaar card along with necessary certificates while taking admission. The last date for ...






Bar & Bench
Besides, the Court is also seized of certain politically sensitive cases like challenge to Aadhaar, Cattle Rules etc. which are likely to be heard this ...






NYOOOZ
Summary: We then approached IDFC Bank, which is the parent bank of Aadhaar Pay. She and her team of three came up with the idea for Aadhar pay ...






Telangana Today
Candidates Aadhaar details (Finger Print Biometric) will be verified with Unique Identification Authority of India at the help line centers. ICET Officials of ...