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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.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

11649 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 26th July 2017



Economic Times
Linking with Aadhaar will help us reduce leakages in the transfer of funds to the beneficiary's account... The biometric verification ensures that money ...






Economic Times
UIDAI spends Rs 9,055 crore to enrol, despatch Aadhaar numbers ... A total of about 116.09 crore Aadhaar numbers have been generated up to July ...



Times of India
MUMBAI: Citizens are facing difficulty enrolling for new Aadhaar card registration ahead of the July 31 deadline for linking it to online tax returns.






The Indian Express
Since Aadhaar was made mandatory for a lot of services, including for filing income tax returns, the centres have started squeaking under the pressure ...






Times of India
NEW DELHI: A government school in south Delhi has denied admission to a seven-year-old girl as she failed to produce her Aadhaar card.






Rising Kashmir
Chief Secretary mentioned that after the decision of the Union Government to bring all the centrally funded schemes on Aadhaar based DBT besides ...






Outlook India
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) spent more than Rs 9,000 crore over the last eight years towards issuing Aadhaar numbers, ...






The Indian Express
During the Supreme Court hearing on Aadhaar card privacy issue on Wednesday, Attorney General K K Venugopal argued that privacy as a ...



The Indian Express
While Aadhaar is compulsory for Indian citizens, these provisions are not applicable in Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya. "The candidates ...
Aadhaar Number Mandatory for all Applicants of UGC NET (November) 2017 - AglaSem (press release) (registration) (blog)



Times of India
According to the aggrieved residents, shop owners shoo them away citing various reasons like cancellation of ration cards and Aadhaar-enabled point ...






Moneycontrol.com
The government has set up several camps for over a month in villages across the country to fasten the linking of Aadhaar with the National Rural ...






Khaleej Times
Indian expats on a vacation in their home country don't need Aadhaar identity cards to get work done. That's because they are not eligible to obtain ...



Times of India
PUNE: The Aadhaar enrolment drive in the district is set for a major boost with the state government allowing e-seva kendras to be part of the process ...






ETtech.com
E-authentication a must to curb Aadhaar frauds: UIDAI CEO The government has asked all agencies including banks not to rely on paper-based ...






Hindustan Times
UGC requests varsities to ensure degrees have photos, Aadhaar numbers ... Coming soon: Degrees and certificates with Aadhaar numbers and ...



BW Businessworld
The whole debate around Aadhaar has sidelined and the right to privacy has taken centre stage. While the noble intentions behind making Aadhaar ...






HERE. NOW
Five months ago, the officer distributing pension asked us to come with our aadhaar card to get the money,” said the frail couple, adding though they ...






Business Standard
For a paperless and seamless travel experience, air travellers will have to provide a digital identification number at the time of booking a ticket, the ...






MediaNama.com
The Government of India has, so far, no proposal to link learning outcomes of each student to his/her Aadhaar number, Upendra Kushwaha, Minister ...






Yahoo India News
According to Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, every one of those qualified to get the Aadhaar should cite it in their I-T returns after July 1 however ...






India.com
CBSE makes Aadhaar mandatory for UGC NET 2017 November Exam, ... Aadhaar Card mandatory for the CBSE UGC NET Nov 2017 Examination.



Economic Times
NEW DELHI: IT company HCL Infosystems today reported a larger net loss of Rs 55.12 crore for the period ended June 30, compared to Rs 35.70 ...






The Statesman
As only one-fourth of permanent account number (PAN) cards have been linked with Aadhaar cards, the Income-Tax department is preparing a list of ...






BestVPN.com (blog)
In the coming weeks, India's top court will pass a verdict on whether the nation's Aadhaar biometric identity database is legal. The decision will affect ...






Catch News
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has managed a convenient spin on the privacy debate around Aadhaar. What is being contested in the name of an ...