Dispelling the haze

To


Shri Jairam Ramesh
Hon’ble Member, Cabinet Committee on Unique Identification Authority of India related issues
Hon’ble Member, Group of Ministers (GoM) regarding Issue of Resident Identity Cards to all usual residents of the country of age 18 years and above under the scheme of National Population Register (NPR)
Government of India
New Delhi

Date: March 23, 2013

Subject- Dispelling the haze

Sir,

This is to draw your attention towards the attached article by Dr Usha Ramanathan reveals how the very basis of the enrollment for Aadhaar and NPR biometric information like fingerprints and iris scan is admittedly inherently fallible.

I am attaching the following papers for your perusal and consideration:

  1. Dispelling the haze, a Q & A by Dr Usha Ramanathan, Frontline Volume 30 - Issue 05: Mar. 09-22, 2013  
  2. UID/Aadhaar Enrolment Form (Its Column 8 reads: "I have no objection to the UIDAI sharing information provided by me to the UIDAI with agencies engaged in delivery of welfare services".)
  3. The National Identification Authority of India (NIDAI) Bill, 2010 (Refer to Clause 57 at page no. 18 and Note on Clause 57 at page no. 29)
  4. Statement of Concern on UID/Aadhaar Number (September 28, 2010)
  5. Report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance on NIDAI Bill (Recommendations & Observations 3 (b) at page no. 30)
  6. Case No. 349/90/0/2012/OC, Petition on UID & RFID (forwarded by to Home Ministry on December 27, 2012 by NHRC order)

The above documents are with reference to the recommendations dated November 4, 2008 made by the empowered group of Ministers (EGoM) that was constituted on December 4, 2006 to collate the two schemes – the National Population Register under the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the Unique Identification Number (UID) project, the terms of reference No. 8 of Planning Commission’s notification dated January 28, 2009 stating, “Take necessary steps to ensure collation of NPR and UID (as per approved strategy)”, deliberations of the Cabinet Committee and the setting up of Group of Ministers (GoM).

I submit that besides these documents since the Cabinet Committee and the Group of Ministers are seized with the issue, the initial document "Strategic Vision on the UIDAI Project" that was prepared and submitted to this Committee by M/S Wipro Ltd (Consultant for the design phase and program management phase of the Pilot UIDAI project) may also be examined.

Thanking You

Yours faithfully

Gopal Krishna
Member, Citizens Form for Civil Liberties (CFCL)
Mb: 9818089660 (Delhi)


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Hon’ble Member of Cabinet Committee on Unique Identification Authority of India related issues
Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, Government of India  
Shri Sharad Pawar, Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Food Processing Industries
Shri P. Chidambaram, Minister of Finance
Shri Sushilkumar Shinde, Minister of Home Affairs
Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister of Labour and Employment
Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology
Kumari Selja, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development
Shri Ajay Maken, Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
Shri Ashwani Kumar, Minister of Law and Justice

Hon’ble Special Invitee, Cabinet Committee on Unique Identification Authority of India related issues
Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission
Shri Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, UIDAI


Hon’ble Member of Group of Ministers (GoM) regarding Issue of Resident Identity Cards to all usual residents of the country of age 18 years and above under the scheme of National Population Register (NPR)
Shri A.K. Antony, Minister of Defence
Shri P. Chidambaram, Minister of Finance
Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health and Family Welfare
Shri Sushilkumar Shinde, Minister of Home Affairs
Shri Ajit Singh, Minister of Civil Aviation
Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology
Kumari Selja, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
Shri Praful Patel, Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Shri V. Kishore Chandra Deo, Minister of Tribal Affairs, and Minister of Panchayati Raj
Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development
Shri Ashwani Kumar, Minister of Law and Justice

Hon’ble Special Invitees to Group of Ministers (GoM) regarding Issue of Resident Identity Cards to all usual residents of the country of age 18 years and above under the scheme of National Population Register (NPR)

Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission,
Shri Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India,
Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution,  
Shri Paban Singh Ghatowar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs









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