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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, October 12, 2017

12147 - Aadhaar Articles dated 11th October 2017



Times of India
The proxy authorisation option will see a person nominated by a senior citizen verifying Aadhaar linkage for the mobile user. As of now, it is not clear ...






Times of India
The proxy authorisation option will see a person nominated by a senior citizen verify ing Aadhaar linkage for the mobile user. As of now, it is not clear ...



The Hindu
The recent Supreme Court order on the right to privacy lays down the correct exemptions which protects Aadhaar, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley ...






NDTV
The government has mandated quoting of Aadhaar card in order to avail many important facilities.Different deadlines have been specified for linking of ...






The Indian Express
Proposals have also been floated to make Aadhaar necessary for students to get their mid-day meals and avail services under the Integrated Child ...



Bangalore Mirror
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made Aadhaar mandatory for all new enrolments from next academic year. Earlier, the board ...






Business Standard
The government on Tuesday said it has rolled out Aadhaar-enabled digital enrollment of Atal Pension Yojana (APY) which will not require submission ...



Biometric Update
Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is set to become the first Aadhaar-enabled airport in India by 2018, according to a report by The ...






India Today
"We have not been told anything about the need for us to register our Aadhaar numbers. We have, in the past, never been asked to do so," said Ajay ...






Economic Times
While a traditional KYC requires strict physical checks, making it an expensive proposition, the industry expects Aadhaar-based KYC through mobile ...






National Herald
The students of Patna University, who want to attend the event of Prime Minister Narendra Modi must furnish their Aadhaar numbers. The move came ...






The Hitavada
THE Government onTuesday said it has rolled out Aadhaar enabled digital enrollment of Atal Pension Yojana (APY) which will not require submission ...






NYOOOZ
PUNE: School teachers across rural areas of the state are literally burning the midnight oil to upload data and link Aadhaar cards of students by ...






Scroll.in
The reforms were based on the use of three databases – land ownership records, soil health cards and Aadhaar, the biometrically linked 12-digit ...






Hindustan Times
The class 9 girl was returning to her village Musuliguda in Pottangi block of Koraput after registering her biometrics for Aadhaar card in Kundulihaata ...






The Hindu
Depositors are requested to bring the originals of the bonds, receipts, Aadhaar and bank passbooks and the duplicate copies of the documents.



Greater Kashmir
Notably, advanced tax administration practices have been invoked which among other things include the Aadhaar-PAN linkage initiative. As per ...






Financial Express
The one state that really stands out is Rajasthan; indeed, it claims its Bhamasah scheme is actually a precursor to the Centre's Aadhaar-based DBT as ...






The Hindu
This reportedly deterred several customers from buying gold as it required them to produce their PAN and Aadhaar cards. Sales plunged to 30% of ...






The Hindu
Moreover, its artificial intelligence deals and have their loan applications processed faster through PAN verification, Aadhaar based and decision ...






The Hindu
A spokesperson of the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, said those not having voter IDs can vote using documents such as Aadhaar card, ...



Deccan Chronicle
... counter on the date specified with the original copies of their bank passbook, Aadhaar Card, original recipient and original bond given by Agri Gold.






The Hindu
... the government or any public sector firm, bank or post office cards, PAN card, pension document with photograph, photo voter slip, or Aadhaar card.






The Tribune
Jasmine, a visitor to a sewa kendra on the PIMS campus, returned without getting changes to her Aadhaar card done as the employee at the counter ...






The Tribune
The effort is now to create a complete land administration and management tool, which will provide all services, besides providing for Aadhaar-based ...






Times of India
For instance, it would be possible for banks to set up applications where customers can send money without account details by using Aadhaar as an ...