Until the new notification making Aadhaar compulsory under the government’s Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, healthcare workers say did not even know cash benefits were available.
The Prevention of Money Laundering Act will likely need to be amended for mandatory Aadhaar-bank account linkage. The punishment for non-compliance, however, is without doubt unconstitutional.
Existing bank account holders have been asked to furnish the Aadhaar number issued by UIDAI by December 31, 2017, failing which the account will cease to be operational.
While it may be mandatory under 139AA(1) to enroll for Aadhaar and quote it in your tax return, there appear to be no consequences for non-compliance with that mandate for the moment.
The clarification was issued after the apex court’s order was “studied” by a high-level team of authorities from various ministries.
The two-judge bench said the PAN cards of those people who are not Aadhaar card holders, and who do not comply with the provision of Section 139(2), cannot be “treated as invalid for the time being”.
The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the PAN-Aadhaar link but partially stayed the penal provisions for non-compliance so that PAN cards not linked to Aadhaar will continue to remain valid.
“What is the issue with making Aadhar compulsory? Only the rich seem to be complaining about it,” the TISS director said.
Proponents of Aadhaar have used several derogatory names for those raising questions about the project. But what motivated people to challenge the government’s plan in the first place?
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The father of the bride. The religious objector. The overseas citizen. The laadlis. The third gender. The bride and groom. Six profiles of people who have fallen through the cracks of the great Aadhaar net.
The court has also appointed advocate Zoheb Hossain to meet people who have been unable to avail ration benefits due to Aadhaar being made mandatory.
While Nandan Nilekani praised Sharma for his apology, others thought it was far from enough after he had abused those raising serious concerns about Aadhaar.
Internet Freedom Foundation’s Kiran Jonnalagadda has alleged that ISPIRT and its co-founder Sharad Sharma set up fake Twitter profiles to harass, intimidate Aadhaar critics.
The story of Aadhaar is one of coercion, rampant illegality and outrageous contempt of court orders through which the project has built its database.
When Aadhaar is woven into the fabric of everyday life, the ‘grid’, the ‘machine’ and the state are always right.
Aadhaar and its many connotations have grown to be among the most burning issues on the Indian fore today, that every citizen aware of their rights should be taking note of.
In attorney general Mukul Rohatgi’s arguments in favour of Aadhaar, the body is reduced to its exchange value.
The bottom line is that the government has not been able to rebut the petitioners’ claim that insisting income tax assessees acquire Aadhaar numbers is inconsistent with the Aadhaar Act, which aims at voluntariness.
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Over the last week, questions of bodily integrity and informational self-determination have assumed centre-stage as the court hears two writ petitions challenging the government’s decision to make possession of an Aadhaar card mandatory for the filing of income tax returns.
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Forcing taxpayers to enrol for Aadhaar violates not just the voluntary nature of the scheme but also the constitutional guarantee against discrimination between different classes of people, argued Shyam Divan in the Supreme Court.
The government is not releasing pensions for people who have failed to submit their Aadhaar number to the bank. This is not only a violation of Supreme Court orders but also an infringement of the fundamental right to life.
The government seems to either not notice or not care about the many glitches in the Aadhaar system, as it enters more and more parts of our lives.
Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi told the court that they have found people were giving details of PAN cards procured on the basis of fake documents.
In a recent discussion in Washington, the chief economic adviser talked on Aadhaar failure rates, pushing Universal Basic Income forward and how demonetisation’s popular response humbled him.
The sad fact is that there are severe institutional capacity challenges within government departments that handle systems with sensitive data.
The government mapping agency wants to restrict its digital open series maps to Indian citizens by using Aadhaar authentication. But Aadhaar isn’t proof of citizenship.
Focusing solely on getting rid of Aadhaar, or destroying it, is a waste of powder. The underlying issues of online privacy and civil liberties will still remain.
The court must hear pending cases on Aadhaar urgently, before the government further inhibits people’s rights and liberties under the facade of ’empowerment’.
Aadhaar is premised on the infallibility and security of an individual’s biometric data – her fingerprints and iris scans. But that is just a myth.
Over 175 prominent citizens have signed a statement asking Vice President Hamid Ansari to intervene on the “illegitimate” use of money Bills by the government.
While the manner in which authorities have reacted to the cricketer’s issue is commendable, similar attention needs to be paid to other, less prominent breaches of privacy.
It is troubling to see the media, government and even the ruling party interpret a verbal exchange of remarks as a Supreme Court-granted license to make Aadhaar mandatory for tax filings and mobile connections.
It is deplorable that the Unique Identification Authority’s legal attempts at fixing the system come against critics and not true offenders.
Media reports in support of Aadhaar claiming that lakhs of ‘ghost students’ avail midday meals are based on unverified claims, not serious investigation.
Aadhaar is premised on the infallibility and security of an individual’s biometric data – her fingerprints and iris scans. But this is just a myth.
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What should you do if you don’t want to sign up for Aadhaar?