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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.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

11593 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 11th July 2017



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: All banks, including private sector lenders, will have to provide Aadhaar enrolment and update facility to their customers who have been ...



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: As many as 67 crore of the 110 crore bank accounts in the country are now linked with Aadhaar, the 12-digit unique identification number ...



NDTV
Linking of Aadhaar with PAN or Permanent Account Number has been made compulsory for filing tax returns. While Aadhaar-PAN linking will be ...



Moneycontrol.com
Apart from linking the PAN and Aadhaar, the app offers the services of applying for a PAN and taxpayers asking their queries to tax officers via chat.



Times of India
"There is no question of Aadhaar-related data leak. UIDAI is very vigilant. And in case any leak comes to light, UIDAI will take strict action as per the ...



Times of India
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked top officials of the Centre and states on Monday to maximise usage of Aadhaar to check corruption ...



Inc42 Media
Considering that and how the world is embracing technology, with the government going with the Aadhaar card and the technology behind it, ...






Times of India
The collector had approached the state government on non-functional Aadhaar registration machines in the district that were hampering the enrolment ...






FactorDaily
It's official. Aadhaar will be made mandatory to buy and sell property in India. The move will help reduce property disputes and litigation, a top ...






India.com
As the government is stressing on having an Aadhaar card utmost importance needs to be given to the claims filed over the internet forum, said V P ...
With Aadhaar, you can now get your PF dues within 5 days: Report - International Business Times, India Edition



Financial Express
With the prime minister's office (PMO) quite firm that sales of subsidised fertiliser have to be linked to Aadhaar numbers of farmers, chances are the ...






Livemint
The health ministry had doubts about the accurate number of patients being operated for cataracts under the national programme for control of ...






The Hans India
Tirumala: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to make Aadhaar compulsory for issuing of VIP Break Darshan tickets. The new ...






NYOOOZ
Summary: A team of officials recently conducted a special enrolment camp at the State home for children, where runaway and rescued children are ...






Times of India
From reluctance to seed Aadhaar card details of family members, to wrong photographs and names misspelt by the software, the process has been ...






AglaSem (press release) (registration) (blog)
Aspirants, who are planning for the railway job should ensure that they have an Aadhaar Card. It has also been reported by the official sources that ...






Paybefore
Recently introduced BHIM and BHIM Aadhaar are also showing positive trends, according to NPCI. BHIM is a smart mobile phone-based app that ...






Times of India
Earlier, postmaster general D Veena Kumari inaugurated a centre for updation of Aadhaar cards for existing card holders at the head post office here ...