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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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Sunday, August 6, 2017

11720 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 6th August 2017



Economic Times
The government had in March this year mandated that anyone not having Aadhaar but desirous of availing free LPG connection under the Pradhan ...






The Indian Express
Anyone applying for a death certificate will be required to provide the Aadhaar number or Enrolment ID Number (EID) of the deceased and other ...



The Indian Express
Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Aggawal around 1000 inmates in Beur jail have given their Aadhaar numbers while the camp would help 500 ...



Times of India
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) regional office in Bengaluru, during its Aadhaar enrolment drive on May 28, found that biometric ...






Times of India
BENGALURU: Abhinav Srivastava, prime accused in the Aadhaar data theft case, stunned investigators on Saturday with a six-hour demonstration ...




Moneycontrol.com
After initial reports of Aadhaar being made mandatory for registration of death the government has now clarified that it is not mandatory for the death ...


Hindustan Times
From Rahul Gandhi attacked in flood-hit Gujarat to Aadhaar not mandatory for death certificates and rail bookings, read the top stories of the day.






India Today
Reports of Aadhaar data being accessed by unauthorised entities raise concerns about breach of privacy but this can be tackled under the existing ...



India.com
Kochi, August 5: The Kerala High Court on Friday allowed a lawyer Prasanth Sugathan to file Income Tax (IT) Returns without using Aadhaar number.






NewsBytes
Since missing children don't have any information on their whereabouts, in cases where their families are traced, this lack of information delays the ...






Times of India
The IDs will be linked to their Aadhaar cards and the district magistrates of all the 13 districts have been told to zero in on such people by taking ...






Deccan Chronicle
Mumbai: Aadhaar, which has become central to one's identity in India, can now be used for various banking services without the use of credit or debit ...






The Asian Age
Mumbai: Despite a Supreme Court order restraining the government from making Aadhaar mandatory for any and every service, the Maharashtra ...






Daily News & Analysis
The government will make it mandatory from next month that if a missing child is found, he or she will be issued an Aadhaar card before being let in a ...






NDTV
For ITR filing, linking of the Aadhaar number with the PAN (Permanent Account Number) of a taxpayer has been made mandatory, beginning July 1.








International Business Times, India Edition
The Central government has said that the railway ministry does not plan to make the Aadhaar card number compulsory for booking rail tickets.





The Hans India
The Aadhaar number is not mandatory for booking rail tickets, the Centre told ... However, with effect from January 1, 2017, the requirement of Aadhaar ...






India TV
The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Sunday arrested a suspected Bangladeshi terrorist associated with Islamic extremist group ...