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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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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

11632 - Aadhaar Articles dated 23rd July 2017



Economic Times
It is de rigueur to advocate right to privacy and ridicule the state and its instrumentalities. Aadhaar, too, has become a victim of this neoliberalism as it ...






Times of India
CHENNAI: If you are one of those yet to link your PAN card with Aadhaar as directed by the Income Tax department, you are among the majority.



The Hindu
Owing to lack of awareness, Mr Singh has not linked his bank account to his Aadhaar number, which is mandatory to avail of the scheme. “I had no ...






Economic Times
The AP Shah report got lost in the melee as the Central government changed, as did the mood related to Aadhaar, the nationwide unique identification ...






findBIOMETRICS
Uber, India-based ride-hailing service Ola, and Airbnb are considering implementing Aadhaar authentication for their service providers, reports ...



Economic Times
“The world has much to learn about from the Aadhaar project,” he said, calling it a remarkable technological accomplishment with huge benefits.



Economic Times
The answer to that can be found in a series of hearings in the Aadhaar case that began in 2012. Justice KS Puttaswamy, a former Karnataka High ...



The Hindu
Andhra Pradesh has registered 97% Aadhaar enrolment so far. While the population is 5,25,78,407, the Aadhaar enrolment stood at 5,12,50,387.






BloombergQuint
Only about a third of individuals who hold permanent account numbers (PAN) have linked them with Aadhaar so far, even as the government made it ...






Times of India
Ward offices directed to double as Aadhaar enrolment centres ... Meanwhile, the postal department too started operating Aadhaar centres on their ...






DailyO
The other case being heard in the apex court pertains to the Aadhaar scheme, and the Modi government at the Centre questioning the existence of the ...
Privacy concerns - Hindu Business Line



NewsBytes
They're shunning Aadhaar and going for the laborious method of filing returns manually via snail-mail to show their dissent. To avoid it, some have ...






Business Standard (press release) (registration) (blog)
The work and work space could not have been more typical of a start-up. The core team of UIDAI [Unique Identification Authority of India] operated in ...






Zee News
Aadhaar card is likely to be made compulsory for pursuing all online courses. Also, only those universities which have been existing for at least five ...






Times of India
PF claims, like advances for personal needs or withdrawal of the amount on retirement, can now be made online using Aadhaar number. However ...






The Hindu
Asserting that this excludes sensitive information like Aadhaar details or PAN numbers, Mr. Doshi said it was possible to obtain an RJio subscriber's ...






Times of India
Diwe also directed officials to ensure issuance of Aadhaar card to all students along with opening individual bank accounts. "Grant of school uniforms ...






The Indian Express
Nilekani said that data from tools such as Aadhaar is fundamental for putting the economy on a cycle of growth, and could empower users with data, ...






BFSI Post Magazine | Elets
The introduction of Aadhaar card and Aadhaar authentication through UIDAI has been a game changer in the Indian banking Technology in the last ...






Times of India
The key features of this scheme are direct benefit transfer of fertilizer subsidy to farmers with bank accounts linked to Aadhaar, direct fertilizer ...






The Quint
Aadhaar is slowly becoming a vital part of our lives. You're expected to link Aadhaar with your mobile number, and by the end of 2017, you must link it ...