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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 14, 2017

11604 - Aadhaar Articles dated 13th July 2017



Times of India
After the government putting off the June 30 deadline for registering for Aadhaar to September 30, a two-judge bench had referred to a five-judge ...



The Hindu
A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will hear a bunch of petitions challenging the constitutionality of the Aadhaar project, primarily ...






India.com
Aadhaar for Sports Participants – The Union Sports Ministry and the School ... Aadhaar is compulsory to avail benefits under Grih Kalyan Kendra.






Calcutta Telegraph
New Delhi, July 12: The Bengal government has allegedly not been cooperating with the Union human resource development ministry in supplying ...






YourStory.com
Logging out of the corporate world and into the government could have unintended and collateral consequences. On 9 July 2009, at 4 p.m., when the ...






Hindustan Times
A government order issued by special secretary, (primary education department) Dev Pratap Singh says the students who still do not have an Aadhaar ...






Financial Express
Aadhaar cards of three missing children from different families helped them reunite with their loved ones. 17-year-old Omprakash from Jharkhand, and ...






Jagran Josh
A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court will hear a clutch of petitions filed for Aadhaar-related issues including the right of privacy of the citizens.






Business Standard
With effect from July 1, 2017, it has become mandatory for taxpayers to link Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number (PAN) for filing ITR. The income ...






Oman Tribune
The officer involved in the matter declined to give further detail on the investigation, but said preliminary evidence indicated the widely-used “Aadhaar” ...



Firstpost
There' is too much politics around Aadhaar, but when it comes to filing your returns, make sure you mention it on the form. It's compulsory if you have ...






Reuters
The officer involved in the matter declined to give further detail on the investigation, but said preliminary evidence indicated the widely-used "Aadhaar" ...






India Today
The platform uses Aadhaar for real time verification just like JIO does for mobile connection. It is a two-minute and very secure process," Neeraj ...






Star of Mysore
With no other choice, I too submitted myself to the process of re-scanning and Aadhaar linking at EPFO, Gayatripuram, some 10 kms away, on 30th ...






Hindu Business Line
Reliance was one of the first operators to add customers solely on the basis of Aadhaar details as address and identity proof. Later the government ...






The New Indian Express
Though they possess Aadhaar and Voter Identity Cards, these have been of little use for this couple from the Scheduled Caste (SC) community.






PYMNTS.com
UPI is built off the country's biometric-powered national ID system called “Aadhaar” — a 12-digit unique identification number that encompasses ...






Livemint
For instance, the government has targeted Rs2,500 crore worth of transactions via digital means such as the Unified Payment Interface, Aadhaar Pay ...






Jagran Josh
The official website of Aadhaar Card has a feature that verifies whether Aadhaar Number is Genuine or Fake. follow this two-minute guide to check.






MediaNama.com
Earlier this month, Microsoft has rolled out its Aadhaar integration on Skype Lite. The integration allows users to verify their identity online, in order to, ...