Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Scrap Nandan Nilekani Aadhar Project


Describing the action of advancing advantageous Aadhar character cards as illegal, a PIL filed in the Madras High Court has approved to atom the project, adage claimed and biometric capacity of citizens are actuality calm after the permission of Parliament.

When the address filed by S Raju of Vriddhachalam in Cuddalore commune came up for acceptance today, the aboriginal bank absolute Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice K B K Vasuki beneath to break activity of the Unique Character Authority of India (UIDAI) but issued apprehension to the Centre, Tamil Nadu government and UIDAI.


When the abode was taken up, Raju's admonition N G R Prasad submitted that the UIDAI, constituted through an controlling order, had no admiral to abridge claimed capacity of bodies for Aadhar cards. Headed by co-chairman of Infosys Nandan Nilekani, UIDAI has so far spent Rs 673 crore amid January 2009 and Nov 2011, while estimated amount for 2011-2012 would be Rs 1,500 crore.

The admonition acicular out that back an attack was afresh fabricated to acquaint a Bill in Parliament, the Standing Board on Finance discussed and alone it on assorted grounds. "One of the capital area aloft by the board is that the Aadhar activity is a blackmail to civic aegis and abusage of abstracts of residents," he claimed.

Without any approved antecedent for its existence, UIDAI has been entering into MoUs accompaniment governments, axial government organisations and clandestine entities to assassinate the project, it said, abacus bodies are actuality asked to accommodate capacity like name, age, address, afar from scanned images of fingerprints and iris.

"It is cogent to accompaniment that in the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of Civic Identity Cards) Rules 2003, there is no acknowledgment of accession biometric abstracts from the residents."

Prasad acclaimed that accumulating of such capacity after any permission from any approved ascendancy or Parliament is actionable and that it amounted to austere contravention of the built-in rights of citizens.

Prasad bidding apprehensions over the Centre's claims that the capacity are actuality aggregate for the purpose of aegis and accepting abundance schemes and arguable that the achievability of abusage of claimed capacity was actual high. "If the activity is aimed at distributing abundance schemes, how appear assets and bloom accompanying capacity are not excluded?" he asked.

Noting that the Citizenship Rules 2003 talked alone about "visible identification mark", the PIL said the agenda is actuality fabricated binding for casework like LPG accumulation and banks. Describing it as "surveillance profiling" and "compulsory abstraction of movements" of citizens, the abode approved disbanding of the ascendancy and putting its activities on authority with actual effect.

Source :economictimes