Monday, February 14, 2011

UID Illegality Now Spread To Subsidies Also

The illegality and unconstitutionality of Aadhar project and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) have now been spread to subsidies on kerosene, LPG and fertilizers as well. This has happened after a task force has been constituted by Indian government for the direct transfer of subsidies in these fields.

The task force has been constituted under the chairmanship of Nandan Nilekani, chairman, of UIDAI. What is worrisome is the fact that the task force would use UID numbers for this purpose. This has automatically crept in the illegality and unconstitutionality of UID system in subsidies as well.

Indian government and UIDAI are fooling Indians with false promises and useless Aadhar project. The truth is that Indian government is imposing an unconstitutional project upon Indians through a backdoor.

While Aadhar cannot see the light of the day either through legislative mechanism or otherwise yet Indian government is tying it up with essential services and subsidies to make it indirectly mandatory.

The Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance has recently grilled Nandan Nilekani and Planning Commission secretary Sudha Pilla. They were not even able to answer basic level questions. Obviously, they have no answers for these basic questions. However, what would happen when the constitutional questions would be asked?

Nandan Nilekani cannot answer the civil liberties questions and that is why they have been deliberately sidelined. Even Indian government has been avoiding Parliamentary oversight of Aadhar project and UIDAI.

However, what is most worrisome is the fact that an illegal and unconstitutional project like Aadhar has got the approval of our Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. This is a matter of great concern because being the head of our government he has a larger and greater responsibility to respect constitutional aspirations that he is not doing presently.