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Fingerprint, iris issues affect Aadhaar work, impact salaries

Hansa Jadhav from the B ward of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) did not receive her November salary as her fingerprints were of poor quality and could not mark her attendance in the biometric machine introduced by the BMC about two months ago.The BMC has made biometric attendance compulsory for all employees and even declared salary cut for those who fail to clock biometric attendance in their respective office.In December, the BMC administration decided to cut the salary of around 4,000 employees for not marking attendance in biometric systems. “I used to get my salary by first week of every month. But, till December 20, I did not receive my salary for November ,” said Jadhav.Udaykumar Shiroorkar, assistant commissioner of B ward took the matter to administrative department and Human Resource departments of the BMC.”Jadhav’s fingerprints are poor and it was not recorded when Aadhaar was being generated. So, she could not mark her attendance through the biometric machine,” said Shiroorkar. He added that she, however, had come to office all working days. Surprisingly, the BMC had stopped providing stationery for muster attendance soon after it introduced biometric attendance.In another case, Arun Karkhanis, 73, did not receive his pension for the last six months. The reason quoted was that the biometric machine couldn’t read his finger print. “Now, the bank has asked me to update my Aadhar as my finger prints do not come,” said Karkhanis. He added that the bank or his office from where he retired is unwilling to accept any other documents. “It is not possible to for me to go Aadhaar centre at 3 am to stand in queue to get my Aadhaar upadate,” said Karkhanis. He added that his office has agreed to pay pension till December but I have to submit my updated Aadhaar by January to continue to get pension.Sudhir Naik, deputy municipal commissioner said that there are around 140 employees in BMC who have such problems and now, the civic administration will not push them for biometric attendance.FOR THE RECORDAadhaar records finger prints, iris and face information while registering. However, if any person is having problem in finger print, it is mentioned in the acknowledgment copy whether the finger quality is good. In such cases, the Aadhaar operator mentions these while registering which appear in the acknowledgment copy.

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Tourism goes tech-savvy: Book your tickets to 32 heritage sites online

In coming days, booking a ticket for visiting monuments or museums in the state will become totally online and IT-enabled. Department of archaeology and museums is working on a scheme in which the private partner will be roped in to provide this service in PPP mode. While in Jaipur online ticketing is being done at several other places, however, this facility will cover more areas. Sources informed that, attempt is being made to set up a state of art Web-based and onsite Integrated, Interactive, end to end, IT-enabled System integrated with payment gateway to provide an easy, transparent and secure avenue for visitors to procure tickets for visiting the monuments and museums through web-based, mobile application and Point of Sale (POS) counters as well as on-site presence is being worked out.Currently, 32 state monuments and museums have been selected under this project. At present, the Department has manual ticketing system at these monuments & museums with no or minimal IT/ technology interventions except the online ticketing system for monuments in Jaipur which has been initiated recently. The visitors can log onto the website of the department of archaeology and museums to book the tickets online for monuments in Jaipur currently.To enrich the experience of tourists, streamlines the processes, increase efficiency & of services this new initiative is being planned informed the sources. If this system, works well, then in coming times the facility travel insurance, FORX services etc may also be offered from to the visitors. GOING DIGITALTo visit the famous cellular jail in Andaman, you can book the tickets online sitting in Jaipur. One has to provide the details of Aadhar card, the name of group leader and few other details. There is no waiting manually at the ticket counter. Similarly, 10 monuments in Jaipur are offering online tickets.

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Gujarat elections 2017: On poll day, Amdavadi fought to get ‘custody’ of voter slip

The Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017 had some tales of name of voters missing from the list, non-functional EVMs etc. But, an Amdavadi had a unique problem this time- custody of his voter slip.The slip is issued by the election officials to voters and can be used as a proof of identity while voting. Giriraj Goenka, a voter from Danilimda, was taken aback when election officials told him that he had to deposit his voter slip with them after voting.”I had never heard of it before. The voter’s slip is like an identification document. I could not figure out why would the election officials want to keep it with them,” said Goenka. He said when he went to his booth at the muster station in Danilimda to vote, the officials told him his voter slip will not be returned.”When I asked, they said it was as per the instruction from the EC. I talked to the Booth Level Officer (BLO) who too said they cannot return the voter slip because they had been instructed to collect it,” said Goenka.He said he inquired as to what the election officials did if someone did not have a voter slip. “The officials said they let them vote after they showed any other valid identification like a driving licence or Aadhar card. I asked if they also confiscate these items, to which they said no,” said Goenka.He said he also wanted to talk to the observer but the officials did not give him the contact details. “I then called up the Gujarat Election Watch helpline.They too talked to someone,” said Goenka who works as a sub-editor with the Majdoor Sandesh, a publication of the Majoor Mahajan Sangh.Meanwhile, he said the officials promised to return him the slip in the evening. “I went there again at around 5.30 pm but they were very busy wrapping up. I also took with me a written complaint about the matter, which they did not accept. I told them that if my voter slip was not returned, I would pursue the matter further,” said Goenka.To his surprise, Goenka found his voter slip waiting for him at his home in Danilimda when he returned from a walk on voting day at around 6.30 pm. “The election officials returned the voting slip of my wife and me. Voting slip is a form of identification and I was afraid of it being misused. Moreover, I have collected the voting slips of all the elections, since voting slips were first introduced,” claimed Goenka.SIGNIFICANCEThe slip is issued by the election officials to voters and can be used as a proof of identity while voting. In the slip’s absence, a voter is allowed to vote after they show any other valid identification document like a driving licence or an Aadhar card.

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BMC to link PAPs with Aadhaar to prevent repeated encroachment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to put an end to the oft-seen practice of people encroaching on civic land and claiming rehabilitation again and again, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now decided to ask Project Affected Persons (PAPs) to submit their Aadhar details while getting rehabilitation benefits from the BMC either in terms of monetary or homes.The BMC believes that this will prevent PAPs from encroaching on another plot to get rehabilitation package again after they are cleared out from an area, as details of people who have already availed of rehabilitation will be available in its database.The BMC observed that PAPs tenements were lying vacant despite PAPs being allotted homes there. “We found that several families shift to other areas, and start encroaching on another civic land to get rehabilitation benefits, while PAPs tenements are lying vacant or given to others’,” said an official from the Estates Department of BMC.At present, the BMC has a number of projects and these can be developed by removing encroachments. “There are around 16,500 encroachments along the Tansa pipeline alone which we have to clear following the High Court order,” said the official. He added that many of them were already given homes in Mahul in Chembur and other areas, but we fear that would shift other areas, and start encroaching another civic land.By using Aadhaar system, the BMC will take biometric details of the family and will ensure in future that the family does not get any rehabilitation again.”We often find difficult to clear an encroachment as we have to face protest both from who encroaches the land and people support with vested interest like politicians,” said the official. In many cases, it was found that political parties do not want PAPs to be shifted in other places even they are given homes as they will lose their vote banks. “The Aadhaar- based system will put an end to such ill practice of political parties,” added the official.

Mandatory Aadhaar display; pass for specific floors are some plans to bolster Mantralaya security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a farmer held the Maharashtra government on ransom by attempting suicide in Mantralaya, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is believed to have instructed officials to expedite the pending proposal of beefing up Mantralaya security.After implementing the proposal, individuals will not be able to enter any floor unless they have a valid pass for the same.An officer told on the condition of anonymity told DNA that Fadnavis was in Nagpur, but was constantly in touch with officials to monitor the situation after Anand Salve, a farmer from Satara, threatened to jump off the roof of the government building. Fadnavis has also reviewed the proposal, which is being prepared jointly by the state home department and the public works department. What are the proposed suggestions?- Aadhaar card mandatory to enter Mantralaya- The compound wall will now be raised to eight feet. A wire compound wall will also be installed. – Visitor entry management system with a proper and thorough check up would be deployed.- All the vehicles would be checked by stopping at the entry gates and a separate visitor’s room would be constructed near Garden Gate leading the way towards All India Radio.- Every visitor after checking for Aadhar Card would be provided with a specific visitor’s pass which would display floor on which the visitor is supposed to go.- The security guards in ordinary attire would keep vigil on visitor movement

Jharkhand: Mother of girl who died of starvation says villagers threatening her

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mother of the 11-year-old girl, who died allegedly of starvation in Jharkhand’s Simdega district a few days back as her family’s ration card was not linked to the Aadhar card, has accused the villagers of threatening and abusing her for ‘defaming’ the village.Koyli Devi, the mother of the victim, said she was ‘living in fear’ as the villagers thronged outside her house and abused her family.”I have been living in fear; villagers abused me and asked me to leave the village. They thronged outside my house and abused me and threatened me as I raised the issue,” she told ANI.Following the threats, Koyli Devi and her family reportedly travelled 8 km from her village to the Patiamba village in the Jaldega block to take shelter.The police then brought them back to Simdega and deployed a security team outside their residence.The victim, Santoshi Kumari, died on September 28 after her mother was unable to feed her. The family was struck off from the government welfare rolls for not linking their ration card with the Aadhaar card.”We went to get rice, but I was told that no ration will be given to me. My daughter died saying ‘Bhat-bhat’ (rice),” said the girl’s mother, Koyli Devi.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Raghubar Das has assured that action will be taken against those found guilty in the case.Due to the increasing number of fraud cases, the Centre, for security reasons, had asked every individual to link their Aadhaar card with the ration card, LPG, PAN card or any other, failing which many people were struck off the ration card rolls in the state.

Indian Railways permits m-Aadhaar as ID proof for travellers

Updated: Sep 13, 2017, 06:48 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of Railways said today it has decided to allow m- Aadhaar, a digital version of the Aadhar card, as proof of identity for travellers in any reserved class.The m- Aadhaar is a mobile app launched by the Unique Identification Authority of India on which a person can download his/her Aadhaar card. It can, however, be downloaded only on the mobile number to which Aadhaar has been linked.To show Aadhaar, a passenger has to open the app and enter his/her password. “m- Aadhaar when shown by the passenger on his/her mobile after entering the password should be accepted as a proof of identity for undertaking journey in any reserved class over Indian Railways,” the ministry said in a statement.

Over 19 crore schoolchildren under one govt database

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an aim to make every schoolchild eligible for various schemes such as free uniform distribution and midday meals, the central government has brought over 19.5 crore kids under one database. Out of them, eight crore children have also been linked to Aadhar.Ministry of Human Resource Development had asked all states to share their data so that genuine information of all students is available, and the children are able to avail benefits from the government. It will also help the government keep a tab on the dropouts.According to sources in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, all the states except West Bengal, have already shared their data with the central government. Despite reminders in the past, West Bengal has refused to do it, the ministry is now planning to send another reminder to the state government.The data for students from Class 1 to 12, which includes their basic information like date of birth, school enrollment number has been collected by various states and shared with the central government. Even as West Bengal has collected the data, they have refused to share it with the ministry, sources in HRD ministry said.”The plan to connect all the children across states through a single platform and monitor schemes in the state will be affected if we do not get cooperation from all states. We are planning to send a reminder to the West Bengal government to provide data related to children,” a senior official in the ministry said.States like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh have provided all the data needed by the government. The data, which is being collected through Student Database Management Information system (SDMIS), will be used for uniform and books distribution, providing transport facilities, hostel accommodation and midday meals for students.According to sources, the government is planning to finish the job of data collection as soon as possible and is also taking the help of NEUPA and have organized camps at district levels. As per the nominations of last year, the government needs to collect information about 25 crore children.

SC restores faith in freedom

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The unanimous judgment of 9 Hon’ble Judges of the Supreme Court in the privacy matter is a reaffirmation of the right to life and personal liberty and the incremental expansion to the judicial enumeration of rights through an interpretative process in constitutional law. The Supreme Court has held that the Right to Privacy is a fundamental right that inheres to every human being regardless of his caste, creed, gender or orientation. The said Right to Privacy is a natural, inalienable right that is inseparable from human existence and an intrinsic part of the human element. The right to life and personal liberty as enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution has subsumed within its fold the right to go abroad, right against solitary confinement, right against bar fetters, right to legal aid, right to speedy trial, right against handcuffing, right against delayed execution, right against custodial violence, rights against public hanging, right to doctor’s assistance, right to shelter, right to livelihood, right to protect one’s reputation, right to have an environment free of pollution and the right to privacy. The Supreme Court has unequivocally held that the right to privacy is a sine qua non for the enjoyment of other rights under Part III of the Constitution of India and thereby recognises the overlapping of fundamental rights under our Constitutional scheme.The specious argument of the Government that the amorphous nature of the right to privacy and its failure to withstand constitutional scrutiny was rejected by the Constitution Bench and held that privacy includes at its core the preservation of personal intimacies, the sanctity of family life, marriage, procreation, home and sexual orientation. The Court accepted the argument that privacy is imperative for the protection of our diversity, heterogeneity and pluralism. At a point in time when the strain of divisive politics is curtailing citizen’s right to freely exercise his freedom of choice, an acknowledgement by the Supreme Court of the right to privacy as intrinsic to human existence has broadened the contours and scope of human freedom and has again brought the welfare of the individual to the centre stage.The Supreme Court expressed concern on the challenges to the right to privacy by non-state actors and has urged legislative intervention on a robust data protection law to safeguard privacy in the digital age. This assumes importance on account of reports of leakage of data and personal information from the Unique Identification Authority in spite of penal provisions regulating the handling and protection of sensitive information. Furthermore the need of the hour is to frame fool proof data protection architecture against misuse of personal information for oblique purposes by the State or its instrumentalities as well as to safeguard against commercial misuse of personal information for purposes like date profiling and surveillance. The Court has succinctly held that informational privacy is an integral component of the right to privacy and a sensitive balance ought to be maintained between individual interests and legitimate concerns of the State.The genesis of the challenge before the 9 Judges Bench was triggered on account of an incongruity in the previous Supreme Court rulings in the cases of M.P. Sharma (1954) which held that the fundamental right to liberty as analogous to the fourth amendment in the US Constitution cannot be imported through a strained process of construction and Kharak Singh (1962) which though did partially hold that unwarranted intrusion into the person’s home is a violation of common law right but failed to recognize right to privacy as a fundamental right as opposed to a series of subsequent judgments of smaller benches of the Supreme Court that clearly and categorically held that the right to privacy is a fundamental right. The matter travelled from a bench of 3 Hon’ble Judges hearing the Aadhar case to 5 Hon’ble Judges who deemed it appropriate to conclusively decide the jurisprudential correctness of the earlier Supreme Court judgments in the cases of M.P. Sharma (8 Hon’ble Judge) and Kharak Singh (6 Hon’ble Judges) on the issue of according fundamental right status to the Right to Privacy.It is needless to state that no right is absolute and the infraction of a fundamental right will have to meet the 3 fold test of the existence of a law, the need and aims of the statute and proportionality with the rational nexus sought to be achieved. The satisfaction of compelling state interests will have to be met on a case to case basis. However the requirement of reasonableness of the restrictions will work as an inbuilt system of checks and balances which will have to satisfy the ingredients of just, fair and reasonable. This judgment will have far reaching implications on a range of matters ranging from Aadhar to Section 377 of the IPC and to the ongoing debate on the curtailment of the freedom of choice and expression.Aadil Boparai is a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India

SC discusses Section 377 during Right to Privacy hearing, details below

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> During the hearing on the Right to Privacy matter, after which a landmark judgement was passed, the nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court also discussed the issue of LGBTQ, under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The discussion is further published in the 80th paragraph of the order passed. According to the order, in the challenge laid to Section 377 of the IPC before the Delhi High Court, one of the grounds was that the said provision amounted to an infringement of the Right to Dignity and Privacy. The Delhi High Court, inter alia, observed that the right to live with dignity and the right of privacy both are recognised as dimensions of Article 21 of the Constitution of India. The view of the High Court, however, did not find favour with the Supreme Court and it was observed that only a miniscule fraction of the country?s population constitutes lesbians, gays, bisexuals or transgenders and thus, there cannot be any basis for declaring the Section ultra virus of provisions of Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution. The matter did not rest at this, as the issue of privacy and dignity discussed by the High Court, was also observed upon. The sexual orientation, even within the four walls of the house, thus became an aspect of debate. In their judgement, the Supreme Court was also in agreement with the view of Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, who in paragraphs 123 and 124 of his judgement, stated that the right of privacy cannot be denied, even if there is a miniscule fraction of the population, which is affected. The Court also observed that the majoritarian concept does not apply to Constitutional rights and the Courts are often called upon to take what may be categorised as a non-majoritarian view, in the check and balance of power envisaged under the Constitution of India. One?s sexual orientation is undoubtedly an attribute of privacy, says the order. In 2013, the apex court upheld Section 377 of the IPC, which discriminates against a section of individuals in society on the basis of their sexual orientation, and placed the onus of repealing it on the Parliament. A writ petition, challenging Section 377 on the ground that it violates the privacy of citizens, is still pending. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, today, has upheld the Right to Privacy as “a fundamental right.” The Supreme Court overruled the M.P. Sharma (1962) and Kharak Singh (1954) judgement and held that the Right to Privacy is a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, in an unanimous decision (of the nine-judge bench). The verdict was given as soon as the nine-judge Constitution bench of the apex court resumed the hearing on the case on Thursday morning. Following this, a five-judge constitutional bench will decide whether the Aadhar violates the Right to Privacy or not. The Supreme Court, earlier on August 2, had reserved its judgement over the issue of whether right to privacy is fundamental or not. On July 26, the Centre told the apex court that there is a fundamental right to privacy, which is a ‘wholly qualified right’ too. The Centre made this submission before the nine-judge Constitution bench. Attorney General, K.K. Venugopal told the apex court that “privacy, as a fundamental right, could have been mentioned in Article 21, but has been omitted. Right to life transcends right to privacy”. In special circumstances, the government can interfere in a matter that comes under a wholly qualified right. An absolute right cannot be reduced or amended. Earlier on July 20, all the petitioners had completed their argument in the apex court. The petitioners contested that the twelve-digit biometric unique identification card raises privacy threat. On June 10, the top court had ruled that from July 1 onward, every person eligible to obtain Aadhar card must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar Enrolment ID number for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as for applications for Permanent Account Number (PAN). The Income Tax Department has stepped up its efforts to encourage people to link their PAN with Aadhar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

K.T.S. Tulsi, Prashant Bhushan welcome Supreme Court’s verdict on Right to Privacy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior Supreme Court advocate K.T.S Tulsi on Thursday welcomed the verdict on Right to Privacy and said it was significant to the fundamental rights of a citizen. ?It is a significant judgement because it upholds the right of a citizen of being the master of his own body and mind, and no one can compel him to part with his biometric information for the purpose of opening a bank account or for obtaining a telephone connection,? Tulsi said. Since the government has defended the Aadhar Act on the grounds that it is required for social welfare schemes, Tulsi indicated that it should not be mandatory for everyone. ?Aadhar is not necessary for me if I don?t need to get any services or benefits from the government, so this is asserting of India as a democracy, India as a free country, and Indians as free citizens of a free nation,? Tulsi concluded. Meanwhile, another lawyer Prashant Bhushan has said that the Supreme Court’s decision was “historic”. Bhushan informed that privacy is now a fundamental right that comes under article 21 of the Indian Constitution. ?Any law which is made to restrict this fundamental right will have to be examined on the touchstone of Article 21, which means that the court will have to see whether that law imposes unreasonable restrictions on your fundamental right to privacy or not,? Bhushan said. ?This is a blow to the government because their argument was that privacy is not a fundamental right,? he added. Since a fundamental right is subject to restrictions by law, when he was asked whether Aadhaar Act imposes reasonable restriction on privacy or not, Bhushan said that a smaller bench will have to examine that. ?Suppose in future, the government asks for your biometric details or Aadhar number for your travel bookings, then such law in my opinion will be termed unreasonable restriction on your fundamental right to privacy, and will be struck down. However, as of now, the Aadhar card is only required for social welfare schemes and income tax return under Income tax act. A smaller Bench will look into it,? he said. Earlier in the day, the nine-judge Constitution bench of the apex court overruled the M.P. Sharma (1962) and Kharak Singh (1954) judgement and gave the verdict that privacy was a fundamental right of a citizen. A five-judge constitutional bench is to decide whether the Aadhaar violates the Right to Privacy or not. On July 26, the Centre had told the apex court that there is a fundamental right to privacy, which is a ‘wholly qualified right’ too, and in special circumstances, the government can interfere in a matter that comes under a wholly qualified right. An absolute right cannot be reduced or amended.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rahul dubs SC verdict on Right to Privacy as ‘sound rejection of BJP’s ideology of suppression’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday likened the Supreme Court ruling on the Right to Privacy to a ?sound rejection of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ideology of suppression through surveillance?. Taking on the social media, Rahul said Right to Privacy is an intrinsic part of individual’s liberty, freedom and dignity. ?Welcome SC verdict upholding #RightToPrivacy as intrinsic part of individual’s liberty,freedom&dignity.Victory for every Indian,? he said in his tweet. He further said that the Supreme Court?s decision marks a major blow to the ?fascist forces.? The Supreme Court, earlier in the day, overruled the M.P. Sharma (1962) and Kharak Singh (1954) judgement and held that the Right to Privacy is a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, in an unanimous decision (of the nine-judge bench). The verdict was given as soon as the nine-judge Constitution bench of the apex court resumed the hearing on the case on Thursday morning. Following this, a five-judge constitutional bench will decide whether the Aadhar violates the Right to Privacy or not. The Supreme Court, earlier on August 2, had reserved its judgement over the issue of whether right to privacy is fundamental or not. On July 26, the Centre told the apex court that there is a fundamental right to privacy, which is a ‘wholly qualified right’ too. The Centre made this submission before the nine-judge Constitution bench. Attorney General, K.K. Venugopal told the apex court that “privacy, as a fundamental right, could have been mentioned in Article 21, but has been omitted. Right to life transcends right to privacy”. In special circumstances, the government can interfere in a matter that comes under a wholly qualified right. An absolute right cannot be reduced or amended. Earlier on July 20, all the petitioners had completed their argument in the apex court. The petitioners contested that the twelve-digit biometric unique identification card raises privacy threat. On June 10, the top court had ruled that from July 1 onward, every person eligible to obtain Aadhar card must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar Enrolment ID number for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as for applications for Permanent Account Number (PAN). The Income Tax Department has stepped up its efforts to encourage people to link their PAN with Aadhar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Petitioner Rajeev Chandrasekhar is all praises for SC ruling on Right to Privacy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Welcoming the landmark ruling of the Supreme Court on the Right to Privacy, MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, one of the petitioners in the issue, on Thursday said that with digitisation of the economy, it is important to have a right against misuse of information. ?It becomes much more relevant as more and more digitisation is taking place. The consumers of India do not have adequate protection against the misuse of the data or the information, with the intrusion of technology into their lives,? Chandrasekhar told ANI. Chandrasekhar said he is glad that the apex court has upheld the Right to Privacy as “a fundamental right”, even when few bureaucrats and the system insisted that the state had an absolute right and a private companies had no obligation using the data of consumers. ?We argued that the privacy is a fundamental right, it is not an absolute right, it can be subject to some restrictions. But there cannot be any doubt that India, under the Constitution, which enjoys the right to free speech, subject to restriction, must enjoy the right to privacy under some restrictions,? he said. Chandrasekhar insisted that the ruling effectively creates obligation and responsibility of all those companies or government organisations that deal with Indian citizens, their information and their access to their lives. ?They have to do this in a manner that is responsible and does not infringe on the privacy of a citizen,? he added. In a landmark judgement, India?s top court today upheld the Right to Privacy as “a fundamental right.” The Supreme Court overruled the M.P. Sharma (1962) and Kharak Singh (1954) judgement and held that the Right to Privacy is a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, in a unanimous decision (of the nine-judge bench). The verdict was given as soon as the nine-judge Constitution bench of the apex court resumed the hearing on the case on Thursday morning. Following this, a five-judge constitutional bench will decide whether the Aadhar violates the Right to Privacy or not. The Supreme Court, earlier on August 2, had reserved its judgement over the issue of whether right to privacy is fundamental or not. On July 26, the Centre told the apex court that there is a fundamental right to privacy, which is a ‘wholly qualified right’ too. The Centre made this submission before the nine-judge Constitution bench. Attorney General, K.K. Venugopal told the apex court that “privacy, as a fundamental right, could have been mentioned in Article 21, but has been omitted. Right to life transcends right to privacy”. In special circumstances, the government can interfere in a matter that comes under a wholly qualified right. An absolute right cannot be reduced or amended. Earlier on July 20, all the petitioners had completed their argument in the apex court. The petitioners contested that the twelve-digit biometric unique identification card raises privacy threat. On June 10, the top court had ruled that from July 1 onward, every person eligible to obtain Aadhar card must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar Enrolment ID number for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as for applications for Permanent Account Number (PAN). The Income Tax Department has stepped up its efforts to encourage people to link their PAN with Aadhar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Supreme Court passes landmark judgement, upholds Right to Privacy as ‘fundamental’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In another landmark judgement, the Supreme Court has upheld the Right to Privacy as “a fundamental right.” The Supreme Court overruled the M.P. Sharma (1962) and Kharak Singh (1954) judgement and held that the Right to Privacy is a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, in an unanimous decision (of the nine-judge bench). The verdict was given as soon as the nine-judge Constitution bench of the apex court resumed the hearing on the case on Thursday morning. Following this, a five-judge constitutional bench will decide whether the Aadhar violates the Right to Privacy or not. The Supreme Court, earlier on August 2, had reserved its judgement over the issue of whether right to privacy is fundamental or not. On July 26, the Centre told the apex court that there is a fundamental right to privacy, which is a ‘wholly qualified right’ too. The Centre made this submission before the nine-judge Constitution bench. Attorney General, K.K. Venugopal told the apex court that “privacy, as a fundamental right, could have been mentioned in Article 21, but has been omitted. Right to life transcends right to privacy”. In special circumstances, the government can interfere in a matter that comes under a wholly qualified right. An absolute right cannot be reduced or amended. Earlier on July 20, all the petitioners had completed their argument in the apex court. The petitioners contested that the twelve-digit biometric unique identification card raises privacy threat. On June 10, the top court had ruled that from July 1 onward, every person eligible to obtain Aadhar card must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar Enrolment ID number for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as for applications for Permanent Account Number (PAN). The Income Tax Department has stepped up its efforts to encourage people to link their PAN with Aadhar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Center plans to link schools across states

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The central government is now working on a plan to link all schools, teachers and students across the states in the country on a single data mapping system to frame better policies.U-DISE (Unified District Information System for Education) is the database where all schools are mapped. There are currently 1.5 million schools that are mapped on the system. The schools are given an 11-digit number that gives them an identification code and helps the government keep a track on the number of schools in the country. However, despite earlier instructions from the ministry of human resource development to all states to link their schools to U-DISE many schools have not done so.The government is now making it mandatory for all schools to get the U-DISE number, making it the only official system of tracking number at the school education level in the country.”U-DISE is a mine of data that we have and we want to make good use of it. We have instructed all government agencies to only refer to U-DISE for data. Schools that are currently not under the system have also been asked to get registered. In fact, untrained teachers who are supposed to get trained by the year 2019 are also supposed to be a part, only of schools that have a U-DISE number,” said a senior official in HRD ministry.Further, there is a plan to link all students and teachers on the U-DISE system using their Aadhar numbers. The government has currently asked all states to link students through their Aadhar numbers but only 60 percent of students were linked till July this year. Looking at the dismal rate of Aadhar linkage, the deadline has been extended to September this year by which government hopes to achieve 100 percent linkage rate.”Once we are able to link all three elements – schools, teachers and students – together, we can use the data for various policy making. Officials in the department of statistics are currently studying the data that is available currently on U-DISE to understand how it can be used for policy formation,” the official added.Other than keeping a track of the number of children availing mid-dal meal and other government related schemes, the government wants to use this data to keep a track of students who drop out of the school mid-way. A large number of students drop-out after Class 8, but more drop out after Class 10.The other plan is to keep a track of the ghost teachers through their Aadhar numbers that will be linked on the U-DISE portal. Once schools teachers complete their training by the year 2019, only those who are trained will be eligible for teaching.

Fraudster poses as UIDAI exec, dupes woman

The victim, Deepika Tiwari, who works with a private company, received a call from Sachin, who introduced himself as an executive from UIDAI <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Mumbai-based woman was duped of Rs 45,000 in debit card fraud after a caller posing as a government officer from Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) transferred money from her account on the pretext of linking her bank account with her Aadhar card. The victim, Deepika Tiwari, who works with a private company, received a call from Sachin, who introduced himself as an executive from UIDAI.”He asked me for my CVV number and number of my debit card and asked me to share the verification message password.” The victim unsuspectingly shared the OTP after which she received SMS alerts of bank transaction.”I immediately informed the bank and tried to lodge a complaint at Dindoshi police station but they refused citing jurisdiction of another police station,” she added. “We have received a complaint and our probe is on,” said a police officer from Dindoshi police station.

Right to Privacy: Apex court reserves its judgement over whether it is fundamental right

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The nine-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgement over issue of whether right to privacy is fundamental right or not.On July 26, the Centre told the apex court that there is a fundamental right to privacy, but is a ‘wholly qualified right’.The centre made this submission before the nine-judge Constitution bench that is hearing the Aadhaar Card privacy matter.Attorney General, K.K. Venugopal told the apex court that “privacy, as a fundamental right, could have been mentioned in Article 21, but has been omitted. Right to life transcends right to privacy”.In special circumstances, government can interfere in a matter that comes under a wholly qualified right. An absolute right cannot be reduced or amended.
ALSO READ Courts can’t introduce right to privacy as fundamental right, only parliament can: Maha govt tells SCEarlier on July 20, all the petitioners had completed their argument in the apex court. The petitioners contested that the twelve-digit biometric unique identification card raises privacy threat.On June 10, the top court had ruled that from July 1 onward, every person eligible to obtain Aadhar card must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar Enrolment ID number for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as for applications for Permanent Account Number (PAN).
ALSO READ Right to Privacy case: Overarching guidelines needed to protect an individual’s privacy, says SCThe Income Tax Department has stepped up its efforts to encourage people to link their PAN with Aadhar

SC to continue hearing Aadhaar card privacy matter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court will on Thursday continue hearing the Aadhaar card privacy matter. Yesterday, the Centre told the apex court that there is a fundamental right to privacy, but is a ‘wholly qualified right’. The centre made this submission before the nine-judge Constitution bench that is hearing the Aadhaar Card privacy matter. Attorney General, K.K. Venugopal told the apex court that “privacy, as a fundamental right, could have been mentioned in Article 21, but has been omitted. Right to life transcends right to privacy”. In special circumstances, government can interfere in a matter that comes under a wholly qualified right. An absolute right cannot be reduced or amended. Earlier on July 20, all the petitioners had completed their argument in the apex court. The petitioners contested that the twelve-digit biometric unique identification card raises privacy threat. On June 10, the top court had ruled that from July 1 onward, every person eligible to obtain Aadhar card must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar Enrolment ID number for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as for applications for Permanent Account Number (PAN). The Income Tax Department has stepped up its efforts to encourage people to link their PAN with Aadhar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Letter to WB and other states on Aadhar enrolment in schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union School Education secretary Anil Swarup today said a letter has been sent to West Bengal government and some other states on Aadhaar enrolment of school children for the midday meal scheme. “So far I am concerned haven’t received any reply … But it is not merely a question of West Bengal. Some other states also have not performed their duty. There are quite a number of states,” Swarup told reporters on the sidelines of an ASSOCHAM meet here. He was asked if the Centre had sent a letter to West Bengal seeking cooperation in supplying data and an action plan on Aadhar to ensure 100 per cent enrolment of children. Around 1.24 crore children are enrolled in government schools in Bengal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man held for posing as sub-inspector, threatening women on phone

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 41-year-old man has been arrested for posing as a Delhi Police Sub-Inspector and making obscene calls to women after getting drunk. The accused, Harender Malik, had also called up social activist Shabnam Hashmi on July 14 and threatened to kill her in an encounter.“Malik would get drunk and dial random numbers on his phone in order to talk to women. He would claim to be a Sub-Inspector from the Lajpat Nagar police station. He is an expert mechanic of Japanese knitting machines. He is unmarried and lives in Ghaziabad,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) Romil Baaniya said. Hashmi runs an NGO, where one Mubina informed her that she received a call from a police officer, who threatened her over the phone. Sensing something amiss, Hashmi called up the number and Malik threatened to kill her in an encounter. “He also told her that the government has launched a ‘Ghero and Maaro’ scheme, under which those who do not possess Aadhar cards will be killed in an encounter. She also revealed that he was drunk at the time,” Baaniya said.Meanwhile, the police have also recovered the mobile phone from which the call was made. The number was found to be registered in the name of Malik’s former employer.

Maha govt extends date to disburse Rs 10K financial assistance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government today extended its scheme to disburse Rs 10,000 as financial assistance to needy farmers till August 31. The Devendra Fadnavis government had on June 13 announced Rs 10,000 as interim assistance to farmers for purchase of seeds and fertilizers. The decision was aimed at pacifying farmers, who were demanding a loan waiver over non-payment of their outstanding loans. The deadline of the scheme was fixed at July 15. However, today the state government came out with a GR extending the deadline till August 31. “The state government has asked farmers to submit bank account details, Aadhar number, land ownership document (7/12 extracts) and an affidavit stating that the information given by the farmer was true and in case it was not correct then the state government can take back the extended benefit. “Very few farmers approached banks for such help as they found the conditions to be harsh and complicated,” said a senior officer from the cooperation department of the state government. Cooperation minister Subhash Deshmukh told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Five judge-bench at SC to hear Aadhaar next week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court has agreed to set up a five-judge constitution bench to decide privacy issues arising out of the Aadhaar Act. The Constitution Bench will assemble next week for two days to decide on whether the matter needs to be referred to a larger bench.The Chief Justice of India JS Khehar’s decision came after senior Advocate Shyam Divan mentioned the matter before the bench on Wednesday morning. Divan’s request — supported by Attorney General KK Venugopal is in pursuance to a 2015 order where a five-judge bench led by then Chief Justice of India HL Dattu had directed all matters pertaining to the privacy issue in the Aadhaar matter to a Constitution bench.Divan’s recent request came after an observation made by Justice Jasti Chelameswar who said that a Constitution Bench should dispose of all matters arising out of the Aadhaar issue once and for all.Justice Chelameswar’s observation was made last week when the Aadhaar issue came up for hearing in front of the full bench in pursuance of a June 27 order delivered by a vacation bench. Divan, representing the petitioners and Venugopal agreed with the court’s suggestion and agreed to jointly mention the matter before the Chief Justice of India next week.”My opinion is that once a matter has been referred to a Constitution Bench, all the issues arising out of it should be with the bench. I can only say that a matter can be disposed of by a nine-judge bench. You two can decide the possibility of nine judges hearing it,” said Justice Chelameswar heading the three-judge bench also comprising of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha.During the brief hearing, Divan recalled the orders delivered starting from a 2015 October order which referred the Aadhaar matter to a Constitution bench. During his submissions, Divan said the slew of notifications released by the Centre making Aadhar mandatory — a clear departure from the statute under which it is voluntary, was akin to making India a concentration camp.The AG, however, took exception to this submission and observed that if Divan continued along the lines of this argument he was not keen to pursue the matter forward. “How can he (Divan) say India is like a concentration camp?,” Venugopal had observed.Various petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhar are pending before the apex court. However, it has been almost two years and the apex court has not yet constituted a bench to hear the matter despite several appeals.

Hate applying online? Here’s how you can link your Aadhar and PAN offline

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax Department has introduced a one-page form for taxpayers to manually apply for linking their Aadhaar with Permanent Account Number (PAN), apart from the available online and SMS facilities.An individual will have to mention both PAN and Aadhaar numbers, the spelling of the names mentioned on them and give a signed declaration that the Aadhaar number provided in the application form has “not been provided” by them for the purpose of linking it with “any other PAN”.
They will also have to undertake a declaration stating they have “not been allotted any other PAN than the one mentioned” on the form.
”I understand that complete security and confidentiality shall be ensured for my personal identity data provided for the purpose of Aadhaar-based authentication,” the taxpayer will state as part of the declaration.
”The form is just another procedure, via the paper medium, to link the Aadhaar with the PAN database, as required from July 1. The SMS and online modes are also available,” a tax department official said.
The department has also formally notified, under a CBDT notification of June 29, the procedure and format for “intimating Aadhaar number to the I-T Department by PAN holder and quoting the same in PAN applications”.
Taxpayers can link their Aadhaar-PAN using a mobile-based SMS service (formatted message to be sent to 567678 or 56161), by logging on to the website of PAN service providers like NSDL and UTIITSL, by personally visiting a PAN service centre or over the e-filing website of the tax department.
Similarly, the department has specified in detail the procedure for quoting of Aadhaar in new PAN application and for changes or correction in PAN data.
The department has also specified to the PAN and e-filing service providers that they “shall ensure that the identity of information of Aadhaar holder, demographic as well as biometric, is only used for submission to the central identities data repository of the UIDAI for Aadhaar authentication purpose”.
”Any deviation will be treated as non-compliance to security and confidentiality clause or similar clause of their respective agreements/contracts and may lead to applicable penalty as per their respective agreements/contracts,” the department notification said.
The I-T department has made it clear that taxpayers without Aadhaar number or its enrolment ID will not be able to e-file their income tax return (ITR) from today even as it has said that in “no case” any PAN will be invalidated.
The Supreme Court had last month upheld the validity of an Income Tax Act provision (section 139AA) making Aadhaar mandatory for allotment of PAN cards and ITR filing, but had put a partial stay on its implementation till a Constitution bench addressed the issue of right to privacy.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the policy- making body for the I-T department, had said on June 10 that the apex court’s order had only given a “partial relief” to those who do not have an Aadhaar or an Aadhaar enrolment ID, and the taxman, hence, “will not cancel” the PAN of such individuals.
Aadhaar has also been made mandatory for applying for PAN with effect from July 1.
The department, as per latest data, has linked over 2.62 crore Aadhaar numbers with its PAN database.
While Aadhaar is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to a resident of India, PAN is a ten-digit alphanumeric number alloted by the I-T department to a person, firm or entity.
There are over 25 crore PAN numbers allotted, while Aadhaar has been alloted to about 115 crore people.Meanwhile, the department of Posts in Tamil Nadu said that customers who need to update AADHAR details can visit any of the 10 post offices in city with effect from July 3.Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and Department of Posts have entered into a tie-up for utilisation for providing Aadhar Updation facilities, a PIB release said.The facility will be available in 10 post offices — Chennai Head Office, Anna Salai, Thiyagarayanagar Head Office, Mylapore, St Thomas Mount, Teynampet, Anna Nagar, Ashok Nagar and Triplicane with effect from July 3, 2017.The facility would also be extended to all the 2,515 post offices in the State in a “phased manner”.The public was requested to visit the Post Offices for Aadhar updation facilities, the release added.

CISCE urges Bengal CM for plot of land for regional office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CISCE chief executive and secretary Gerry Arathoon today urged West Bengal government for land to set up its regional office in the east. “I have written to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and requested that we be given property near Rajarhat so that we could set up an office for the east and north-east,” Arathoon said at a meeting convened by the Association of Schools for ISC (ASISC), West Bengal and North-East Chapter. “I am very hopeful that our CM provide the space here in WB like the one in Delhi and another office which we are about to have in Hyderbad,” he said. A regional office in the metropolis had become important as the number of ICSE students in West Bengal is the highest in the country. Asked to comment on the state government’s decision to introduce Bengali as the compulsory language in schools in the state, including those affiliated to ICSE and CBSE, Arathoon said “It is teh state’s education policy and the students don’t have to write board exams in Bengali. Arathoon said CISCE was introducing a slew of new subjects – performing arts from classes I to VIII, Sanskrit for classes V to VIII, physical education and yoga for classes I to VIII from the academic year 2018-19 onwards. “The research development and consultancy division of CISCE are engaged in reviewing the syllabi of Physical education, computer application and economics at the ICSE level and biotechnology and computer science at the ISC level to ensure students are equipped with the knowledge and skills,” Arathoon said. About the ambitious digilocker system, he said “ICSE and ISC students can now access their digital documents through the DigiLocker system by using digilocker.gov.in. But we are making it mandatory for linking with Aadhar. “While this year the students could access the documents with dedicated mobile number, we will make it compulsory for linking digilocker with Aadhar in the final run. “We are requesting schools to make sure they ask the students to register with their Aadhar number by this year so that the Aadhar-linked digilocker system can finally be in place as soon as possible,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak national living in temple for nine months in Haryana had Aadhaar and Pan cards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Pakistani national, who was living in a temple here for nine months under a false identity and had even got Aadhar and PAN cards, was taken into custody, police said today. According to his passport, his name is Raja and he is a resident of Hindu Colony, Larkana, in Pakistan’s Sindh province, police said. The PAN card seized from him mentioned his name as Rasraj Das, police said. The date of birth mentioned in his passport is different from the one mentioned in Aadhar and PAN cards, police added. “During questioning, Raja told us he was spiritually inclined,” Superintendent of Police, Jhajjar, B Satheesh Balan said. As per investigation conducted by police, Raja came to India in 2013 and his visa expired in 2016. The SP said Raja, who is a Hindu, applied online for extension of visa in order to stay in India. “We are in contact with the External Affairs ministry on this issue,” he said. Raja has two brothers who have been doing menial jobs in Pakistan. He has been associated with Iskcon for some years, the SP said, adding that he had also stayed in Delhi. The SP said a team of intelligence bureau and police was questioning him and no case has been registered so far.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak national living in temple for 9 months held in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Pakistani national, who was living in a temple here for nine months under a false identity and had even got Aadhar and PAN cards, was taken into custody, police said today. According to his passport, his name is Raja and he is a resident of Hindu Colony, Larkana, in Pakistan’s Sindh province, police said. The PAN card seized from him mentioned his name as Rasraj Das, police said. The date of birth mentioned in his passport is different from the one mentioned in Aadhar and PAN cards, police added. “During questioning, Raja told us he was spiritually inclined,” Superintendent of Police, Jhajjar, B Satheesh Balan said. As per investigation conducted by police, Raja came to India in 2013 and his visa expired in 2016. The SP said Raja, who is a Hindu, applied online for extension of visa in order to stay in India. “We are in contact with the External Affairs ministry on this issue,” he said. Raja has two brothers who have been doing menial jobs in Pakistan. He has been associated with Iskcon for some years, the SP said, adding that he had also stayed in Delhi. The SP said a team of intelligence bureau and police was questioning him and no case has been registered so far.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong demands probe into alleged land grabbing Irani’s husband

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today sought a probe into the alleged land grabbing by Textiles Minister Smriti Irani’s husband Zubin Irani in Madhya Pradesh saying the state should fulfil its “rajdharma” in acting against him. AICC incharge of communications department Randeep Surjewala said Irani, who has been involved in a row over her assets and qualifications, should alongwith her husband help in accomplishing that “rajdharma” obligation of the state. “We have seen media reports on alleged land grabbing by Union Minister Smriti Irani’s husband. The land belonged to the government. If there is any truth, it is unfortunate and the Madhya Pradesh government should order a thorough probe into it,” he told reporters here. Surjewala also hit out at the BJP alleging that it is using cow protection as an excuse to ‘resort to gundayee’ (hooliganism). The Congress leader expressed serious concern over the leak of Aadhar data of crores of Indians and hit out at the government for defending the leak of sensitive information and accused the BJP of “blatantly defying the people’s right to privacy”. Responding to a question on Congress-ruled Karnataka framing a new law to protect officials from cow protectionists, he said though the BJP thinks India got its independence on May 26, 2014 unlike in 1947, cow protection laws are in place since 1964 and Section 15 of this law states that officials assigned to protect the provisions of the law will be given protection. He said it is not for every individual, as projected. The BJP government, he said, is telling people where to go when, to the extent of even denying one’s rights over his/her own body. “It is time for the Supreme Court to take note of this, and the people of India to rise in unison against this autocratic governance,” he said. On leak of Aadhar data, he said it is shocking and unheard of that the information of 12 crore Aadhar Card holders has been blatantly leaked and is now available to anybody to access and to use and misuse in any manner that they want. “On one side, we speak about right of privacy, on one side we speak about freedom of expression, on one side we speak about right of life and control over one’s body and one’s thought and one’s food habits and one’s clothing and one’s customs and one’s culture. “On the other side, the BJP government is blatantly defending leakage of such sensitive information as is available to others which is prone to misuse and which can put an ordinary citizen into a lot of difficulties by misuse,” he said. Surjewala also said that the provision is being “wrongly, maliciously and conspiratorially implemented and interpreted to say wheat is being said and we reject it in toto”. On ‘Gau Rakshaks’, he said it has become fashionable for certain section of media to twist the truth and to compromise on the truth guided by certain vested interests in the ruling dispensation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha to consider heritage walk proposal for south Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Government will consider a proposal for organising a “heritage walk” along prime spots in South Mumbai to promote tourism, the Legislative Assembly was told today. This suggestion was made by the BJP MLA Raj Purohit during the debate on the Budgetary demands of Tourism department. In his reply, Tourism Minister Jaykumar Raval said, “The suggestion is good and the government will consider its implementation.” Raval also said that development of infrastructure will be taken up at various forts in the state to make people understand their historical significance. Replying to the debate on demands of the Cooperation department, its minister Subhash Deshmukh said that 30 lakh quintal tur has been procured this year, which he said is historic. “In the last ten years, the total procurement (of tur) was 2.31 lakh quintal. NAFED is procuring tur from areas within radius of 120 kms around the procurement centres. There are 316 such centres in the state,” Deshmukh said. He said the procurement will continue until the market price of tur increases. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Girish Bapat said that 85 per cent ration card-holders have been seeded with Aadhar card. “Due to the plugging of loopholes in PDS, 6000 metric tonne food grains have been saved this year,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sitaram Yechury attacks Centre for over ‘mandatory’ Aadhar card

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury today slammed the government on making Aadhaar card mandatory, saying that the Unique Identification scheme is leading to a surveillance state in the country. ?I don?t have an Aadhaar card, if you want to make it compulsory, bring a bill. You have a government that doesn?t have the courage to come forward and say ?I?m abolishing this Constitution?,? Yechury said during a debate over the Finance Bill. Yechury further stated that there are lakhs of complaints against the scheme and it should be removed soon. ?There are lakhs of complaints against the scheme, and much like the Matrix, an Aadhaar number can just vanish and you won?t be a citizen anymore,? said Yechury. Yechury also expressed doubts over how secure the Aadhar data is and which private company can have access to it. ?Who controls this data? Which private company has access?? Yechury said. Later, Yechury urged that all non-tax matters must be removed from The Finance Bill. ?This House must return this bill to Lok Sabha with serious concern asking for amendments. This is a financial bully, not a bill,? said Yechury Earlier in the day, speaking in the Rajya Sabha, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal tore into the government for allegedly violating the Supreme Court orders over the use of Aadhar card.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bengal lags behind in Aadhaar generation, ranks 24 in country

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the Central government links Aadhar to more and more welfare schemes, West Bengal ranks 24 compared to the other states of the country. As on March 15, 2017, compared to the projected 2015 population of 9,66,22,186 in West Bengal, Aadhar cards have been generated for 8,65,09,166 or 90 per cent of the state’s population.Sources at the National Population Register (NPR), under which the bio-metric enrolment (BME) is taking place said that Delhi with 118 per cent is at the top of the list followed by Haryana, Telangana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. “Even states like Uttarakhand and Jharkhand are ahead of West Bengal with 97 per cent of Aadhar generation in each of the states,” an NPR official said. He said that the Bengal’s figure for Aadhar generation in case of children below 5 years and that for citizens between five and 18 years was 42.2 and 68.4 per cent, respectively.Authorities have stepped up on Aadhar generation for school-goers. “In the state we are likely to generate Aadhar cards for school children through the schools. We have already started the process and district magistrates would be in charge of their respective districts for Aadhar generation. We know we are lagging behind and we need to make it faster because there are many facilities which the children, otherwise, will be deprived of,” said a senior official of the secretariat.He said that there will be more Aadhar centres and more sensitising processes to generate awareness among the people in terms of Aadhar generation.In Bengal too, while districts like Malda and Bankura are ahead with 96.63 and 96.28 per cent, respectively, Kolkata lags behind at 87.62 per cent. “The population of Kolkata is about 45 lakh while 39,42,965 Aadhar cards have been generated till March 22,” the official said.It was found out that north eastern states of the country are way down the list in terms of Aadhar generation. As on March 15, the Aadhar generation in Meghalaya and Assam had been 9 and 7 per cent, respectively, with Aadhar generation for children under five years is 0.1 per cent in these two states.In the latest move, the Centre has made it mandatory to furnish Aadhar cards after July 1, in case of filing IT returns and even for application of permanent account number (PAN) cards.

Myanmar national held for trying to get citizenship through

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Myanmar national who was trying to get Indian citizenship through forged documents has been apprehended, police said today. “Sadiq Hussain, s/o Mohammad Hafiz, a resident of Myanmar, was living in Aurangabad area under the Sadar Bazar police station for over 10 years with fake name Mohammad Sadiq,” SP City Ashok Kumar said. He said Hussain not only succeeded in getting his Aadhar Card and forged Indian passport prepared but also succeeded in opening a bank account. He was nabbed by Mathura-based Local Intelligence Unit today in Aurangabad. “He is being interrogated,” police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Assembly polls bring Goa’s ‘Wanarmare’ tribe into mainstream

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ethnic ‘Wanarmare’ tribe in Goa which was living in near total obscurity, recently put forward a step to join the mainstream and crossed a major milestone in their lives when they voted for the first time in the State Legislative Assembly elections held on February 4. The community members who lived for ages in forests of Goa without any documentation, finally saw themselves queuing up for voting in Shiroda constituency during the polls. This milestone also summed up their two year long struggle to get into the mainstream which was supported by agricultural expert and social activist Sachin Tendulkar, Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer Sachin Shinde, and lawyer Vasudha Sawaikar among others. Isolated and reclusive, this tribe is known for their age-old tradition of chasing and slaying monkeys in the forests of Goa-Karnataka and Maharashtra earning them the name Wanarmare. The tribe has now given up this tradition to take up work in sugarcane farms along Goa s Sanguem taluka. One bow and arrow is what is left with them which they symbolically worship. After they gave up the tradition of monkey slaying, they were left without any work hence they took up casual jobs in farms. But the aim of absorption into the mainstream still remained a distant dream for them,” Tendulkar said. The tribe which keeps migrating had arrived at a spartan agricultural village of Kosambshel in Nirancal panchayat in Sanguem taluka in 2012, where they were put up in a private land. Tendulkar narrated how when he went there for the first time, the tribe was living in a few huts without even basics like a bedsheet to beat the cold. When we went there in September 2014 and spread the word, the help started pouring in. But the main issue was to get them the legal documents,” he said. Then South Goa District Collector Sachin Shinde came as a major help for the tribes who were first offered ration cards under Central government s Food Security Scheme and then the Aadhar card. About 35 members from the tribe even opened their bank account, he said. The major milestone in their life came when after a long struggle, 40 members got their voter ID cards with the help of Vasudha. “It was a good initiative to bring the tribe into the mainstream. We would welcome more such efforts to bring in those people who are left out, Goa s Chief Electoral Officer Kunal told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ready to face consequences, for taking decisions that troubled big people: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Weeks after saying that he faces threat to his life, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he is going to face “problems” at the hands of “big people” who have suffered because of his tough policies which have stopped leakages to the tune of Rs 49,500 crore. He, however, asserted that he will continue the fight for the poor with an aim of taking the country to greater heights.”I know if I try to stop loot very minutely, what consequences I will have to face,” he said in the Lok Sabha while replying to a debate on Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address. Modi, who had said at a rally on Goa sometime back that his life could be under threat because of his tough decisions, said he maintains what he spoken there. “Mai dobara kehta hun.. Aise aise bade logon ko takleef ho rahi hai, aur zyada hone wali hai. Uske kaaran mujh par kya kya zulm hone wale hain, uske liye tayar hun. (I repeat that big people are facing problems and these problems are going to increase. Because of that, I am going to face problems, for which I am ready),” he said.Modi was responding to remarks by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge who, while referring to the Prime Minister’s speech in Goa, said if his life was threatened what would happen to others. “I got worried that if my Prime Minister, Leader of this House is facing life threat, then what will happen to me? He has so much security, so many people around him, 330 MPs, RSS, etc. and still if this is his situation, then what would happen to me since I raise issues in Parliament,” Kharge had said in the House yesterday.Modi said “I began my journey for this country and I am taking every step for the welfare of the country”. He said the money which could have gone to the middlemen would now be used for the welfare of poor.Stressing that “intention” of the government is equally important, Modi said although the Congress-led UPA government had decided on neem coating of urea to prevent the misuse of subsidised fertilisers, it did not push the scheme.The UPA government had capped neem coating of urea at 35 per cent and achieved a target of only 20 per cent whereas the NDA government decided to go ahead with 100 per cent neem coating of urea. Neem coating prevents use of urea for any purpose other than as fertiliser. Modi said without neem coating, urea was being pilfered to other uses, leaving farmers without availability of the fertiliser.He said before his government came to power, Chief Ministers used to write to the Prime Minister, seeking more urea but this has stopped now as the fertiliser is adequately available.He also said that extensive use of Aadhar has helped in apprehending 3.94 crore fake ration cards in two and a half years, preventing siphoning of Rs 14,000 crore to the middlemen. Making payments of MNREGA through aadhar too has helped in plugging leakages to the tune of Rs 7,633 crore, Modi said.The Prime Minister said the UPA had increased allocations on MNREGA by Rs 600 crore while the NDA has raised the outlay by Rs 11,000 crore.He said that surrendering of gas subsidy has helped the government in saving Rs 26,000 crore which in turn was used to provide gas connections to about 2 crore families. “Broadly, Rs 49,500 crore in one year which could have gone to middlemen has stopped,” he said. He said the government has distributed 21 crore LED bulbs and due to this power bills have been reduced and rs 11,000 crore was saved.He said the government has distributed Rs 1.56 lakh crore through direct benefit transfer scheme. For farmers, Modi said schemes like Crop Insurance Scheme and Soil Health Card have brought and asked memebers to encourage people to make use of such schemes as ultimately everybody works for the development of the country

Aadhar data collection by private agencies not a good idea: Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to expedite the hearing of Aadhar cases challenging the constitutional validity of the scheme but observed that data collection by private agencies is not a good idea.A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar made the remarks after senior advocate Shyam Divan sought urgent hearing of the plea citing privacy concern. “We are not inclined to give immediate hearing as there are limited resources but biometric data collection by private agencies is not a great idea,” the bench also comprising Justices N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud said.Divan, who represented one of the petitioners, said that these matters needs urgent hearing as there is individual’s privacy concern as biometric datas are being collected by private agencies. The apex court had on October 15, 2015 lifted its earlier restrictions and permitted voluntary use of Aadhar cards in welfare schemes that also included MGNREGA, all pension schemes and provident fund, besides ambitious flagship programmes like ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna’ of the NDA government.The social welfare schemes, aimed at reaching the door steps of the “poorest of the poor”, were in addition to LPG and PDS schemes in which the apex court had allowed the voluntary use of Aadhar cards. A five-judge constitution bench had put a caveat in its interim order for the Centre and said that Aadhar card scheme is purely voluntary and not mandatory till the matter is finally decided by this court, this way or the other way.It had said that that a larger bench was required to be set up for final disposal of the petitions that also include the question as to whether the right to privacy is fundamental right.A three-judge bench had on August 11, 2015 referred a batch of petitions, challenging the Aadhar card scheme, to a larger bench for an authoritative view on the question as to whether the right to privacy is fundamental right or not and had also restricted the use of Aadhar to PDS and LPG scheme only. UIDAI, established by UPA-2 in 2009, issues Aadhar cards to the citizens. Under the programme, every citizen is to be provided a 12-digit unique identification number for which biometric information is collected.

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