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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

11605 - Aadhaar Articles dated 14th July 2017



Economic Times
UIDAI asks banks to open Aadhaar enrolment centres on premises ... Moreover, locating Aadhaar centres within bank premises will ensure that the ...
Soon, you can get Aadhaar made at your bank branch - NewsPatrolling (press release) (blog)



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: A five-judge Supreme Court bench will hear a slew of petitions challenging the legality of the Aadhaar scheme from July 18, Chief Justice ...
Aadhaar uncertainty - Daily Pioneer



Economic Times
The policyholders looking to register for such online services will have to either provide PAN or Aadhaar number in addition to other details such as ...



The Hindu
The Haryana Election Commission is considering Aadhaar-assisted voting in a municipal ward in Gurugram during the civic body elections scheduled ...






Hindustan Times
The last date for enrolment of students under Aadhaar is August, and those who have an Aadhaar number or have at least enrolled under it will get ...



Times of India
NAGPUR: Newborns at Daga Hospital in Nagpur district can be enrolled into the Aadhaar database right at birth, just like all hospitals register children ...






The Hindu
The APSRTC Srikakulam wing formally launched Aadhaar-linked services for issuing Navya cards. Passengers need not bring photos hereafter to get ...






Odisha Sun Times
Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has directed the officials to fill in the Aadhaar number of the students studying in elementary and secondary ...






The New Indian Express
BHUBANESWAR: Aadhaar Card will now be mandatory for students of State Government-run schools to get mid-day meals (MDM) and other benefits ...






Daily News & Analysis
Pooja has a passport and a PAN card but is yet to secure an Aadhaar card for herself and because of this she cannot avail various government ...






Times of India
BAREILLY: Even after organising a three-day camp to get primary school students in Churai Dalpatpur and its nearby villages enrolled in the Aadhaar ...



Financial Express
The deadline to file your tax returns is just round the corner. By July 31, 2017, all individuals need to file income tax returns for FY 2016-17. As the ...



Business Standard
Alarmed over reports of 'public disclosure' of sensitive Aadhaar data through various portals and payment gateways, the Centre is in the process of ...








International Business Times, India Edition
Since Jio connections were activated using Aadhaar cards, major concerns were raised regarding the security of millions of users. With the help of one ...





The New Indian Express
Asserting that this excludes sensitive details like Aadhaar details or PAN numbers, Doshi said one was able to get a RJio subscriber's name, email ID, ...



Financial Express
While Aadhaar itself is a database of biometrics, even as it was being rolled out, Nandan Nilekani was working on all manner of uses to which it could ...






The Hindu
Among other problems is denial of eggs to those who have no Aadhaar cards. For example, the Keslapur anganwadi centre boasts of 65 children but ...






Millennium Post
Last month, the Department had notified making Aadhaar card details compulsory for those seeking subsidy on e-rickshaws registered in the city, ...






NYOOOZ
... release said. Students can visit www.digilocker.gov.in and key in their Aadhaar and mobile phone numbers to launch their account on the website.






NYOOOZ
Summary: After the residents of Mahagun Moderne housing society banned the entry of 'Bangladeshi' domestic helps into the society, the helps ...






NYOOOZ
He said farmers who had got their Aadhaar cards linked to their bank accounts would benefit in the first two phases. "The case of the rest of the farmers ...






Hindustan Times
In some cases even the Aadhaar number was available, which set alarm bells ringing. Jio called the data unauthentic and assured its 120 million ...








NYOOOZ
... the area live, staged a protest on Thursday, displaying their Aadhaar and voter cards to say they were as much citizens of India as any other Indian.





Sify News
Earlier this summer, the government declared that it would extend its Aadhaar drive to the nearly 100 million cattle in the country. The reason it found ...