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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.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

11745 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 10th August 2017



Economic Times
MUMBAI: Aadhaar may soon become mandatory for buying shares and mutual funds. The government and the Securities and Exchange Board of ...






Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Denial of government benefits because of lack of Aadhaar or problems in its authentication is violation of norms and the violators should ...
Let's not suspend disbelief - The Indian Express



Economic Times
BENGALURU: Former chairman of Unique Identity Development Authority of India (UIDAI) Nandan Nilekani said the Aadhaar system has not been ...



The Indian Express
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi had told the House that since the Centre started using "technology" and "Aadhaar" in the last two-and-half years, ...



Hindustan Times
Pregnant and lactating mothers will need to produce the Aadhaar card to avail the Rs 6,000 grant given under the Pradhan Mantri Matri Vandana ...






Inc42 Media
A Punjab government entity has published the Aadhaar details of 20,100 citizens on its official website. These details include Aadhaar numbers, user ...



The Hindu
Yadadri Bhuvanagiri District Collector Anita Ramachandran inaugurating the Aadhaar Update Centre in Bhongir Head Post office on Tuesday.






Moneycontrol.com
The Election Commission of India (ECI) is considering linking Aadhaar number to voter identification cards 'for various electoral services', MoS for ...






NDTV
The government of India has made it mandatory to link Aadhaar card to your bank account. According to the new rules, all existing bank account ...






Times of India
BENGALURU: The cyber crime police investigating the alleged theft of Aadhaar data by IIT grad Abhinav Srivastava, 31, found that the Aadhaar e-kyc ...



The Indian Express
Before we get to what it is, here's the context: The Home Ministry on August 4 made it mandatory to quote one's Aadhaar number for registration of ...



NDTV
Linking of PAN with Aadhaar is necessary for processing of income tax returns (ITRs) filed this year for financial year 2016-17. This means that if you ...



Times of India
The Aadhaar number will be used to verify if the applicant has already procured or bought a site from another urban local body, or cooperative society ...






Kashmir Reader
Srinagar: While Aadhaar cards are now seen as a pre-requisite for availing facilities like banking and subsidies, the process of acquiring the bio-metric ...






MediaNama.com
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) website, a Punjab government website, published online around 20,100 Aadhaar ...






Times of India
"My brother visited two Aadhaar updation centres, and his fingerprints don't match. They advised updating biometric details too, due to his advanced ...






Business Standard
Aadhaar A biometric history of India's 12-digit revolution Shankkar Aiyar Westland Publication Ltd 266 pages; Rs 260 Among those T-shirts sold on ...






GCN.com
India's Aadhaar project is a huge national effort that aims to assign 12-digit random numbers to the country's residents and tie those numbers to ...






The Tribune
Not only this, the person applying for the certificate on behalf of the dead will have to submit own Aadhaar number as well. In case the Aadhaar ...






Zee News
New Delhi: Government and market regulator SEBI are planning to link Aadhaar to financial market transactions, as per a report in a financial daily.






Deccan Chronicle
HYDERABAD: TS government will make Aadhaar mandatory for registration of motor vehicles and transfer of ownership. Besides, the government will ...



The Hans India
Excise shocker: Jaggery buyers asked to produce Aadhaar card ... The officials at the Excise department have decided to rely on Aadhaar number ...






Morung Express
The issue has once again heightened its tone with AADHAAR at the core of privacy issue. The status of AADHAAR Card is such that, to get it or not is ...