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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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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

11628 - Aadhaar Articles dated 21st July 2017



NDTV
The hearing on the right to privacy began yesterday as a group of petitioners brought the case to protest against the government's Aadhaar ...



Inc42 Media
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched a mobile app for Aadhaar card users called mAadhaar. The app will allow users to ...



The Indian Express
The debate around Aadhaar and right to privacy has intensified over the past few days. A nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is ...






Moneycontrol.com
At a time when the country is gripped with a national debate on privacy in the, light of Aadhaar 'data leaks', Prime Venture Partners cofounder Sanjay ...






Livemint
It is a violation under Aadhaar Act to share or leak Aadhaar numbers, and people can be held criminally liable under the Act. Photo: Priyanka ...






Times of India
Colva: With Aadhaar gaining importance not only as an identity proof and a document necessary to avail government social security schemes but also ...






MediaNama.com
UIDAI has launched a mobile app called mAadhaar that will allow users to carry their Aadhaar profile on the phone for availing Aadhaar-based ...






FactorDaily
As India rolls out technology-based systems like Aadhaar, policymakers and technologists must also focus on the ethics of data science and bring real ...






Oneindia
Are you getting messages from the banks and telecom companies, telling you that it is now mandatory to link Aadhaar number with the bank accounts ...






Daily News & Analysis
To enroll around 60 lakh people in Maharashtra who are outside the Aadhaar net, the state government is restructuring its enrolment strategy to ...






India Today
A directive from the Department of Telecommunications asking telecom companies to re-verify their subscribers using the Aadhaar-based e-KYC was ...






Financial Express
From an income tax return filing perspective, there seem to be challenges in determining citizens eligible for Aadhaar and those who are excluded ...






One World Identity
Major service providers including Uber and Airbnb are looking to tap into India's national identity database, known as Aadhaar, in order to verify that ...






The Tribune
Residents of Phagwara can get their Aadhaar cards prepared at Sewa Kendras of Hadiabad and Baba Gadhia. The residents of Goraya have to go to ...






Scroll.in
Petitioners Soli Sorabjee, Shyam Divan, Gopal Subramaniam and Arvind Datar concluded their arguments in the Aadhaar hearing in the Supreme ...






Greater Kashmir
According to locals around 30% population of the district has been left out despite the union government making Aadhaar cards mandatory for various ...






The Hans India
Rajamahendravaram: Not only human beings, the milch cattle will also get 12-digit unique identity number (Aadhaar number) across the state.