uid

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.


Search This Blog

Monday, July 31, 2017

11669 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 30th July 2017



Economic Times
The parliamentarians were assured by the officials, led by Union home secretary-designate Rajiv Gauba, that Aadhaar data is safe and there is no ...






The Hindu
He has been booked under Section 29(2) of Aadhaar (targeted delivery of financial and other subsidies, benefits and services) Act 2016, which deals ...



The Indian Express
An IIT-Kharagpur graduate allegedly accessed the UIDAI's central information depository to create and operate a private app called Aadhaar 'eKYC ...



Economic Times
For instance, there are several instances of individuals using their initials while getting PAN, while the Aadhaar database carries their full name.



Economic Times
SC refers to Constitution bench plea against making Aadhaar mandatory ... to schools and hostels merely due "non-availability" of the Aadhaar card.



The Hindu
“Privacy is non-negotiable, confidentiality is non-negotiable under the Aadhaar Act,” the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the nodal ...



Economic Times
There have been cases reported where income tax e-filing website is not allowing the taxpayers to file ITR unless Aadhaar is linked with the PAN.



Economic Times
This despite the government, through a recent notification, clarified that foreign citizens are not required to obtain Aadhaar card for tax filing purpose.






Indiatimes.com
Mina Mondal, whose daughter Mamoni was born with a disability is running place to place to try and get an Aadhaar card made for her daughter so ...






Times of India
Bijnor: Only 66,000 farmers out of total 1.96 lakh farmers have submitted their Aadhaar card number to avail of the loan waiver scheme in Bijnor in the ...






The Hindu
Two days after a case was booked against a Bengaluru-based startup for 'misusing' the Aadhaar database, Unique Identification Authority of India ...






Times of India
Principal secretary (Information Technology) Vijay Kumar Gautam told TOI that since it's mandatory to link Aadhaar with PAN for filing I-T returns, the ...






Scroll.in
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited on Friday urged its customers to link their mobile numbers with Aadhaar numbers to avoid deactivation of services, ...
BSNL sets deadline for Aadhaar link - The New Indian Express



Daily News & Analysis
The government has no plans to make Aadhaar number mandatory for booking air tickets, Parliament's Standing Committee on Home Affairs has been ...



Times of India
DEHRADUN: Residents in Dehradun are having a tough time enrolling for Aadhaar card registration ahead of the July 31 deadline for linking it to ...






Moneycontrol.com
There has been no incident of data breach or hacking so far in respect to Aadhaar Data and Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR), says Minister of ...






Swarajya
Exclusive interview with Shankkar Aiyar, author of 'Aadhaar: a biometric history of India's 12 digit revolution' on the politics, personalities, principles ...






Times of India
The state's principal secretary for IT, VK Gautam, aims to reach out to over 90 lakh people still out of Aadhaar net in Maharashtra by December-end.






Swarajya
No Plans To Make Aadhaar Mandatory For Air Tickets, Says Government: The government has no plans to make Aadhaar number mandatory for ...






EnergyInfraPost
Provident fund accounts of 3.47 lakh coal mine workers, roughly 96 per cent of the total workforce, have been linked to Aadhaar. “The CMPF (Coal ...