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


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


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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

11607 - Aadhaar Articles dated 18thJuly 2017

Times of India
PUNE: As many as 270 machines will be put to use at the municipal corporation's ward offices in the urban areas and at panchayat offices for Aadhaar ...
Help services of no help to people - The New Indian Express

Have you linked your Aadhaar with PAN (Permanent Account Number? As the July 31, 2017 deadline of filing income tax return for assessment year ...

As many as 696 days after the Supreme Court had asked for the Aadhaar matter to be heard in front of a Constitution Bench, on July 18-19, the case is ...

Business Standard
Many Aadhaar critics have, in the past, expressed the fear that the irresponsible use or misuse of Aadhaar could lead to India becoming a ...

Economic Times
A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will sit on July 18 and 19 to hear matters relating to Aadhaar, including the aspect of right to ...

Hindustan Times
Aadhaar centres will be set up at select post offices in Uttarakhand to offer a convenient option to locals for enrolling for or updating their Aadhaar ...

Kasmir Monitor
NEW DELHI:Regulator, Irda has asked insurance companies to collect Aadhaar, the 12-digit unique identity, of their agents for creation of an online ...

India Today
Before you can file your returns this year, you need to ensure that your Aadhaar is linked with your Permanent Account Number (PAN). From this year ...

Outlook India
The apex court had agreed to set up a bench on July 12 to deal with the Aadhaar-related matters after Attorney General K K Venugopal and senior ...

Times of India
CHENNAI: Varam Capital has partnered with RBL Bank to introduce Aadhaar-enabled payment services (AEPS) on the MFI's mobile app as a ...

Economic Times
Based at Sanquelim, MinksRecharge is venturing into Aadhaar Enabled Payment Systems (AEPS) and is already in talks with Reserve Bank of India's ...

Financial Express
The privacy law will make citizens feel that much more secure about, for instance, digital payments and even about their data that is routinely collected ...

The Hans India
Hyderabad: The linking of Aadhaar to property registrations will come into effect from Monday. This system has been made mandatory to curb ...

Financial Express
In a yet another forgery case, wife of a Chartered Accountant (CA) was duped by a conman who pretended to be the manager of a bank. The man ...

Times of India
PITHORAGARH: Traders of Dharchula, who have border trade with China, through Lipulekh pass, and Nepal, can use their aadhaar and PAN cards ...

The Statesman
The Central government has embarked on an ambitious plan to link Aadhaar numbers with PAN (Permanent Account Number), but the programme is ...

I would like to generate Aadhaar OTP to e-verify my return. ... steps 1-3 in the above set, you will now choose the EVC option over the Aadhaar option.

TelecomTalk (blog)
Furthermore, Airtel has adopted Aadhaar based instant verification process which is secure and eliminates paperwork. A total of 32.7 million such ...

Zee News
You have to seed your Aadhaar information in EPFO database in order to go through a e-KYC (electronic know your customer) verification using One ...

Financial Express
The PAN of an HUF can be linked to the Aadhaar of karta. The karta would need to visit the income tax portal, login into the HUF profile and go to the ...

Geneva Journal
AADHAAR VENTURES INDIA LTD. (AADHAARVEN.BO) shares are moving today on volatility -1.43% or $-0.01 from the open. The BSE listed ...

The Quint
Even as a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court is set to hear challenges to the Aadhaar Act, the central government has floated the ...

The Hindu
To ensure transparency, 77% of the ration cards have been linked to Aadhaar. “But field evidence suggests that mandatory linkage with Aadhaar is ...

The Indian Express
... (making mandatory) Aadhaar card, violence in the name of cow protection, and systemic efforts to break the country's federal structure,” she said.

In another breach, as many as 135 million of India's Aadhaar numbers had been stolen from government databases and placed online. Aadhaar ...