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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

11582- Aadhaar Articles Dated 9th July 2017



The Hindu
For long I assumed that losing your Aadhaar card was like losing your virginity. You couldn't get it back. And then, I discovered how it could be done ...






Firstpost
Editor's note: In a new book, released on 6 July 2017 — timed to coincide with the eighth anniversary of the announcement by then Finance Minister ...






Times of India
PUNE: Collector Saurabh Rao has approached the state government over the issue of non-functional Aadhaar machines at state and ...






Outlook India
Shantipur (WB), Jul 8 The Nadia police today recovered a huge number of blank Aadhaar cards while raiding a private company's office at Shantipur ...






India Legal
Is India sitting on an Aadhaar crime bomb that will soon begin ticking? Imagine a scenario where money is transferred from your account into another ...



The Sunday Guardian
The Aadhaar card is the new god for Indians. It may stop your marriage, if you don't possess this most important personal identity document. Time is ...






The Hindu
Mr. Ravikrishnan said the tablet account could be opened by just scanning the fingerprint of the customer who had a valid Aadhaar number and it ...






Times of India
ALLAHABAD: In a move to usher in transparency, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has directed its regional and sub-regional offices to post daily ...






ClickLancashire
The hearing started with Justice Chelameswar enquiring why the court had not heard the main plea on the constitutionality of Aadhaar despite a ...






The Indian Express
The registration process and payment of the subsidies for e-rickshaws is being simplified by the Delhi government in order to promote eco-friendly ...






Economic Times
"The trading member (broker) can take either PAN/TAN/ Passport/Aadhaar card or Voter ID any one of the document and BSE application form from ...






The Tribune
... 19, are on tenterhooks ever since they came to know about the Turkey Government's claim of having found a body with their son's Aadhaar card.






Times of India
A weekly TV/Radio Program as 'Gou-ki-baat”. Aadhaar Scheme is already in process, a Pension Scheme must be implemented for the old & aged C..






The Indian Express
Everyone must adhere to the Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance system. They're paid on par with UGC scale, and UGC demands a minimum of ...






The Indian Express
Patients can avail the services at private hospitals in Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad. Besides Aadhaar cards, patients can submit voter ID or driving ...






Daily News & Analysis
BMC's plan works on the lines of unique Aadhaar numbers that every Indian citizen has. The official said that the numbers will be derived from the ...






State Times
JAMMU: Col J.D.S Kotwal (Retd), Zila Sainik Welfare Officer (ZSWO), Jammu, of the Sainik Welfare Department of J and K along with his office staff ...