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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 7, 2017

11577 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 4th July 2017



NDTV
Did you know Aadhaar is now mandatory for applying for a PAN card? Also, if you have a PAN or Permanent Account Number as well as an Aadhaar, ...



Hindustan Times
The government earlier said the PANs not linked with the Aadhaar numbers would eventually become invalid and will not be considered for ...






Firstpost
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government is mulling making Aadhaar registration compulsory for getting food grains from the Food, Civil Supplies ...
Rising Kashmir - Rising Kashmir Daily English Newspaper (press release)



ETTelecom.com
Vodafone helps users link Aadhaar with mobile numbers in Kolkata and Bengal circles NEW DELHI: Vodafone India, in accordance with the ...



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



Times of India
In Meerut alone, only 40% students have Aadhaar cards so far while for the remaining students camps are being set up to help them make their cards.






eHealth Magazine | Elets
The Aadhaar issuing authority Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has asked states to shift all enrolments to government or municipal ...



Business Today
An individual has to mention PAN and Aadhaar numbers and give a signed declaration that the Aadhaar number provided in the application form has ...






Economic Times
ET: The debate on Aadhaar vs anti-Aadhaar is heating up. ... Not just for Aadhaar but also for GST. Privacy issue is not limited to just Aadhaar.



Times of India
"Technological advancements in payment systems such as UPI, coupled with massive enrolments under Aadhaar and their linkage to individual bank ...






Moneycontrol.com
The Aadhaar Card is now a necessity in various fields - to register for a SIM card, for opening bank accounts and to file income tax returns. The recent ...






Futurism
Aadhaar was augmented by India Stack, which allowed people to store and share information such as addresses, bank statements, employment ...






Economic Times
Hota further said Aadhaar seeding of bank accounts should be made mandatory. "Eleven states have migrated MNREGA payments to Aadhaar-based ...






India.com
As government's counsel, the two biggest challenges he would face is the pending case of Aadhaar's validity with the constitutional bench of the ...



Times of India
Individuals who have the Aadhaar must mention it in their tax returns. ... If you have the Aadhaar, it is also necessary to link it with the PAN if you are ...






Deccan Chronicle
With over a billion Indians having an Aadhaar number, DCB bank launched India's first Aadhaar-based ATM in Mumbai last year and is extending this ...



Scroll.in
Income Tax department notifies form to link Aadhaar and PAN, SMS, online facility to continue: The CBDT said that PAN will not be invalidated if it is ...






Khaleej Times
These days India is in the grip of a reformist zeal. Demonetization, Aadhaar, GST (Goods Service Tax), and so it goes. On the side, Indian Prime ...






Hindu Business Line
A PAN and Aadhaar card are enough; you can start trading within an hour. Apart from this, mutual funds and all types of insurance such as term, health ...






ETTelecom.com
The digitally connected residents of Rajasthan will be able to able to choose from an array of services like Aadhaar enrolment, utility bill payments, ...






Times of India
HYDERABAD: Petrol dealers have decided to stop purchase of petrol and diesel for a day on July 5 in protest against the daily price revision which ...






Calcutta Telegraph
The online process is long and from this year, every student has to submit his or her Aadhaar card for registration. We are worried because of the ...






The New Indian Express
... anyone who wanted to enjoy benefits under the card did not need a BPL or APL card and only needed to link their Aadhaar number with the card.






Hindu Business Line
As an example he cited ways like access to bank accounts through Aadhaar, which would give a lender visibility into the cash flow, spending data and ...