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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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Monday, July 10, 2017

11580 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 7th July 2017



The News Minute
To prevent impersonation fraud, Microsoft has integrated its "Made for India" Skype Lite app with Aadhaar, thereby allowing users of the app to verify ...



Times of India
NEW DELHI: As many as 175 newly-recruited IAS officers will be given exposure to the Centre's flagship programmes, including the Goods and ...






Economic Times
HAMBURG: As the world debates use of big data and analytics to improve financial inclusion, India's Aadhaar system has come in for praise by a ...






Moneycontrol.com
Modi government's decision to link Aadhaar card with PAN, Bank account and other services has resulted into a wide spectrum of reactions from ...






ETtech.com
Aadhaar details stolen but Bengaluru cops & municipal corp ignore complaints It appears authorities and law-keepers are not serious about identify ...






MediaNama.com
So, the linking of Aadhaar with marriage registration is not mandatory, it is an option that the Law Commission feels can be useful in achieving ...



Business Today
The importance of having an Aadhaar card today is multi-fold that losing it can cause a lot of confusion. Additionally, it can be worrisome because the ...



Times of India
ALLAHABAD: The Adityanath Yogi government has set July 31 as new deadline for Basic Shiksha Parishad to complete Aadhaar enrolment of ...






Livemint
But the matters of most importance in the Indian context, according to Vaidyanathan, relate to Aadhaar—the initiative of giving a unique identity ...






India Today
Election Commission sources are hopeful that the Supreme Court will hear its application and allow it to resume linking of Aadhaar to Electors' Photo ...






Gizbot
Following the directions of telecom ministry to link existing phone number with Aadhaar, Vodafone, India's second largest telecom service provider ...






NYOOOZ
For more transparency and greater convenience to customers, India Post has been asked to provide Aadhaar updation facility at all post offices.






Firstpost
Aiyar's book arranges a linear history on the ups, downs and turnarounds of Aadhaar under two governments with diametrically differing ideologies.






FactorDaily
The reason: The Aadhaar-linked biometric device at the village ration depot can't verify their fingerprints as many leprosy patients don't have fingers in ...






The Indian Express
Aadhaar-enabled KYC has dramatically lowered costs of customer verification and so, potentially, gives a big fillip to the market for financial services, ...






Times of India
The government recently started the Aadhaar-based online facility for the process it is working to make mandatory. State minister for law and justice ...






Financial Express
As a step forward, with effect from 1 July 2017, it is mandatory for all taxpayers who are eligible to obtain Aadhaar to report their 12 digit Aadhaar ...



The Hindu
Kadiramangalam villagers have decided to surrender their Aadhaar, ration and Electors Photo Identity Cards if the nine persons arrested during a ...






Moneycontrol.com
Simple requests by distributors to retailers for their Aadhaar card number submission for registration is seen with suspicion. Particularly retailers who ...