UID/Aadhaar
Aadhaar: Nagrik Chetna Manch files contempt petition against RBI, CEC, Cabinet Secretary
The Manch has prayed for prohibition on linkage of Aadhaar number to any benefits, to end the discrimination of persons into Aadhaar and non-Aadhaar residents and restrain the Government from transferring biometric information of any person
 
Pune-based Nagrik Chetna Manch (NCM) had filed a contempt petition against Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and the Cabinet Secretary for violating orders passed by the Supreme Court on Aadhaar.
 
"Despite these orders (from the Supreme Court) neither the Government of India nor States and their functionaries have been complying with the orders of the Supreme Court in letter and spirit. They have continued to cause suffering by continuously mandating more and more for registration and linkages to the Aadhaar," the Manch pointed out in a release.
 
Nagrik Chetna Manch has prayed for prohibition on linkage of Aadhaar number to any benefits, to end the discrimination of persons into Aadhaar and non-Aadhaar residents and restrain the Government from transferring biometric information of any person from or to any other agency without specific written permission.
 
The Manch, in its petition has named Pradeep Kumar Sinha, Cabinet Secretary, Dr Raghuram Rajan, Governor, RBI, Nasim Zaidi, Chief Election Commissioner, and Swadheen S Kshatriya, Chief Secretary of Government of Maharashtra as contemnors. 
 
There was a spurt of directives in the last few months by both the Central and State governments violating the orders of the Supreme Court by mandating linkages of benefits to the possession of Aadhaar number, the Manch said.
 
According to the Manch, the Department of Electronics and Communication Technology integrated Aadhaar to draw benefits in the newly launched Digital India Program. The Ministry of Labour and Employment made Aadhaar number compulsory for Employees' State Insurance (ESI) services. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy made Aadhaar mandatory for receiving capital subsidy. The Ministry of Rural Development made Aadhaar compulsory for services under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). The Government of Maharashtra made Aadhaar compulsory for ration services at Fair Price Shops and for school admissions and the Election Commission of India issued instructions for linking Aadhaar number with Elector's Photo Identity Card.
 
As the common man continues to suffer the Aadhaar, the Manch in its Petition 932 of 2013, has alleged that the linkage of Aadhaar to various databases is destroying governance and ability to govern. NCM has also highlighted that it will end the rule of law and perhaps even compromise the sovereignty of India. Such linkage of bank accounts to Aadhaar is facilitating money laundering. Linkage of Aadhaar to the EPIC and NPR is destroying the ability to distinguish citizens from residents and giving citizenship to illegal immigrants as well as anti-nationals. 
 
Earlier in March 2015, a bench of Justice J Chelameswar, Justice SA Bobde and Justice C Nagappan reiterated it was incumbent upon the Central government to ensure that the States complied with the Supreme Court's order of not making Aadhaar mandatory for availing social benefits under various schemes.
 
The apex court by its 23 September 2013 order, had said "no person should suffer for not getting the Aadhaar in spite of the fact that some authorities had issued a circular making it mandatory and when any person applies to get the Aadhaar voluntarily, it may be checked whether that person is entitled for it under the law and it should not be given to any illegal immigrant."
 

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manoharlalsharma

2 years ago

Aadhaar: Nagrik Chetna Manch files contempt petition against RBI, CEC, Cabinet Secretary./ To get some betterment ANGER is no solution & If u do understand as u believe do not PARTICIPATE in to the schemes brought by the Government of STATE/CENTRAL is the only solution COURTS r already BURDENED.

anil vanjpe

2 years ago

Thanks for highlighting latest developments. S.C Directions are based on several aspects and not just one or two. It also has highlighted verification need which Govt. appears to have thrown to dustbin in spite of relating to non Indians, Anti nationals,and NRIs who do not stay in India and do not need any subsidy.It is like Maha. Govt. stating new law will be enacted to bye pass Bombay High Court verdict, to protect Festivals celebration on roads, noise pollution. BJP is no better than Congress. Height of Cheapness by an educated Chief Minister. Rather appears worst than even U.P. Govts over the years.Drastic checkis required on BJP Govts especially after VYAPAM DAY LIGHT Murders.

Ragavan

2 years ago

Aadhaar is the BEST thing to happen to the country. Please see the savings which the government has got due to linkage of LPG which is to the tune of 12,700 cr in just one year. Nearly 3 cr bogus LPG connections came to the forefront. Aadhaar is helping weed out corruption and anyone who is opposing this are majorly the people who were earlier benefitting from the leakage.

For the first time technology is being used for the benefit of common man. associations and individuals must understand this before filing PIL.

REPLY

Mahesh Khanna

In Reply to Ragavan 2 years ago

There must be some reasons where the SC has decided not to make itr compulsary,do you want to say that the SC without application of mind has decided the issue.

Ankit

In Reply to Ragavan 2 years ago

Ragavan,
The savings are not due to Aadhar. Please correct yourself.
It was PAHAL that facilitated the benefits you highlighted.

MOHAN SIROYA

2 years ago

Thanks for making this important PIL public, which so far no mainstream media has done. BJP Government indeed does not know what is Governance. It is just following the same discriminatory policies which were espoused by the UPA /Congress Government and which the BJP had opposed vociferously when they were in opposition . And Apex Court rulings or not , being in a brute majority in the lower house of Parliament , BJP will continue to indulge in such discrimination in other areas too at the cost of genuine Indian Citizens
One more such discrimination is enshrined in the Public Provident Fund (PPF)Scheme; where the eligibility is defined as "any Indian resident except the NRI" can open or continue PPF account. Laughable it is ,when we see this in the context of prevailing Indian situation where many non-Indian illegal immigrants ( Bangladeshi, Pakistani etc.) have acquired the status of Indian "Residents" or even Citizenship by getting Aadhaar Cards or Ration cards . But our own Natural Indian citizens who were born and brought up in India but have now gone to other countries for greener pastures, have been deprived of even opening or contributing in the PPF schemes. In other words, India is denying the right to contribute in the development of their own country, whose citizens such NRIs are .

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nginx

In Reply to MOHAN SIROYA 2 years ago

I think its perfectly fine to deny any benefits to NRIs. Why should Indians who have left the country for greener pastures expect any benefits from the Indian government?

Mahesh Khanna

In Reply to nginx 2 years ago

Do you agree with benefits to the illegal bangladeshi and Pakistan through AAdhar enrollment?

MOHAN SIROYA

In Reply to nginx 2 years ago

What a logic? Let 'NON Indians', who have illegally migrated to India and got a proof as RESIDENT can jolly well draw the benefits and not the Natural citizens of India . And it does not require a law degree to observe that the word "Resident" used in the scheme should have been used as "Citizen". Then let the NRIs be excluded.

Monsoon tourism takes off in India in a big way
According to tour and travel experts, Kerala and Goa are the top travel destinations during the monsoon
 
Sachin and Shikha Sharma were told by their friends not to travel during the monsoon. But the couple, who got married last August, wanted to again visit their honeymoon destination Goa - this time during the monsoon to enjoy the rain.
 
They were happy with the travel package, but what thrilled them more was that they were able to prove the naysayers wrong.
 
"It was heavenly. This was the first time that we travelled during monsoon and let me tell you it was something," Shikha, who works in a BPO, told IANS.
 
"It (Goa) wasn't crowded as we see during peak season (from November to February) and that added to its charm. The cool breeze, the heavenly scent of the earth during rains, the food ..everything added to sizzle our romance. I wish I could have prolonged my stay.
 
"My husband was happy too as the trip fitted our budget," she said.
 
The Sharmas are not the only ones. More and more Indians are now venturing out during the monsoon. They are mostly the adventurous kind or couples who want to avoid the crowds and enjoy and experience the rain.
 
D.S. Rawat, secretary general of The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), told IANS that monsoon tourism (from June to October) is a new concept, but "is fast emerging as a potential season for hospitality industry".
 

Ranjeet Oak, Chief Business Officer-Holidays, MakeMyTrip, India's leading online travel company that was founded in 2000 and pioneered the entire online travel industry in the country, said the monsoon is the best time for those looking for nature-oriented experiences.
 
"It was not considered a popular travel season in India, but the sentiment is fast-changing in the last couple of years, with monsoon travel picking up significantly," Oak told IANS.
 
He said the huge drivers for this are the fantastic deals offered by higher-star hotels, especially resorts and five-star properties, to boost occupancy in this otherwise lean travel period.
 
Also, airline flash sales fuel cheap travel during this period.
 
The average spend for a monsoon holiday ranges from Rs.11,000 to Rs.45,000 ($175 to $715) per person depending on the destination and category of hotels or resorts.
 
According to tour and travel experts, Kerala and Goa are the top travel destinations during the monsoon.
 
These are followed by Coorg in Karnataka; Udaipur and Mount Abu in Rajasthan; Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar and Matheran in Maharashtra; Darjeeling in West Bengal, Shillong and Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya; Mussorie, Nanital, Rishikesh and Kasauli in Uttarakhand; Leh in Ladakh and Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
 
If you want to try out some unbeaten tracks during this season then, according to Hari Nair, founder and CEO of HolidayIQ.com, try out Dhanaulti and Munsiayari (both in Uttarakhand), Bharatpur (Rajasthan), Kakkabe (Karnataka), Netarhat (Jharkahnd) and Panhala (Maharashtra).
 
HolidayIQ.com is India's first travel community with over two million members from 80+ Indian cities and the first holiday planning website.
 
Sharat Dhall, President, Yatra.com, India's leading online travel company, said this season they are looking at growing about 57 percent as compared to the last two seasons.
 
According to him, quick weekend getaways for couples, DINKs or groups of friends are the flavour of the season.
 
"If we look at emerging trends, the spending has certainly gone up and I also feel that people are taking holidays more frequently than before," Dhall told IANS.
 
He could be right about that.
 
After their "beautiful" vacation, Sachin and Shikha are already planning their next "weekend" trip at the end of this month.
 
"I think this was the first time I didn't mind the rain. It was fun getting wet. I had hired a scooty and explored Goa like I had not done in my previous trips. The ride through the lush, greenery soothed me. It was just beautiful," Sachin told IANS.
 
"My wife and I had a fantastic time. I don't know why people say 'don't travel during this time'. It is comparatively cheaper too. I think monsoon travel should be tried by everyone.
 
"I am now planning a short trip this month, most probably to the Valley of Flowers (in Uttarakhand). I have heard this is the time to visit it. I am already looking forward to it," Sachin added.
 
Happy rain-fed hollidaying!

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Narendra Doshi

2 years ago

It is the quality of roads that is a big bothersome and unenjoyable that forces one to avoid rainy holidaying, especially if you are roed traveller.

Now is the time to deal with population explosion in India
The poignant fact is that the figures are rising by the day despite the population-control policies, family planning and welfare programmes undertaken by the government
 
To gauge the mammoth rise of the Indian population, the most ideal places to visit are Metro stations, airports, malls, railway stations and bus stands. As we prepare to observe the World Population Day, a road-map to expand healthcare access across the nation has become a critical priority for the policymakers.
 
As per the Indian census carried out in 2011, the population figure was 1,210,193,422 - well above the one-billion mark. India, the second most populous country in the world, is projected to surpass China by 2025.
 
The poignant fact is that the figures are rising by the day despite the population-control policies, family planning and welfare programmes undertaken by the government.
 
The mortality rate is on a decline thanks to the advancement in the field of medicine, but there has been no significant success in terms of bringing down the birth rate.
 
Much of population increase is among the poorest socio-economic strata. Relatively, socio-economically advanced Indian states displayed a fertility rate of less than 2.1 in 2009, which is less than the level needed to maintain a stable population following the infant mortality standards in developed nations.
 
Though the one-child policy in China was criticised as against human dignity and rights, it has helped China to control its population by a possible 400 million people.
 
There is a distinct possibility of irreversible and unsustainable population growth and big question marks remain over how India will provide nearly 1.7 billion people with their basic minimum needs.
 
As of 2013 statistics, the number of private hospitals and private doctors had shown a multiple-fold increase at 7,500+ and 300,000, respectively. Similarly, the private sector has enabled an increased availability of medicines by setting up pharmacies/chemist shops. There are more than 105,000 chemists who are providing medicines in 120 cities in the country.
 
Nevertheless, a disproportionate increase in the population has raised fears of an alarming shortfall in terms of the doctor-patient ratio and the corresponding accessibility to quality healthcare.
 
Increasing the welfare and status of women and girls; imparting education; enhancing awareness for the use of contraceptives and family planning methods; sex education; encouraging male sterilisation and spacing births can be some of the ways to curtail the escalating population.
 
It would be ideal for a country like India to be more progressive in outlook and shed inhibitions when it comes to free distribution of contraceptives and condoms among the poor.
 
As the government seeks to expand its expenditure on healthcare, it must select a strategy that provides significant healthcare access benefit to the Indian population. Sustainable policy solutions to healthcare financing, infrastructure and human resource challenges are critically needed.
 
Overall, while there are pockets of improvements, significant healthcare access challenges continue to exist for the Indian population. The longer India delays acknowledging the severity of these problems and dealing with them head on, the graver the consequences are likely to be.

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Manoj Reghupathy

2 years ago

The writer is ill informed & ill-intentioned; even the chinese are rethinking their on-child policy ( see http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world...

nginx

2 years ago

The Indian government has to take a tough stand sooner or later and start meting out harsh punishments to those who choose have more than 2 kids. Even in a democracy, we cannot give unlimited freedom to the people if the people aren't responsible enough to use that freedom wisely. Restrictions on child birth must be put in place henceforth, no matter how unpopular it may be. Some of the most beneficial policies can often be unpopular in the beginning but yield significant benefits in the long run.

The effect of overpopulation can be easily seen by going to any Metro city and availing of public transport. People can be seen hanging off the doors of buses and trains, sometimes people even riding on rooftops. Hundreds/thousands die everyday due to accidents as a result. Why should people ever have to travel like this? Don't we Indians have any dignity or self-respect? Look at how comfortable public transport is in other countries. Unfortunately things have become so bad only because of overpopulation. If people can't realize this now, they never will.

Minority appeasement for the sake of votes and doling out freebies and benefits in the form of taxes deduction & various yojnas to people having kids must stop immediately. This is actually encouraging people to have more kids. The government is completely blind to what is the need of the hour and is only working to secure their place in the parliament in the next election.

Praveen

2 years ago

Time to deal with population explosion in India was in 1960s or 70s. I chose to be childfree considering the gravity of problem facing the country/planet.

I am amazed that a fellow Christian colleague who passed out of ISB chose to have 3 kids.

As long as subsidies exists, people will never realize cost of their lives to their country and live in a cocoon of illusion.

SuchindranathAiyerS

2 years ago

Health Care? The Republic of India dismantled public health care since 1947 under the guise of "social engineering". Probably to cynically control the population for the benefit of the emergent Kleptocracy. The Indian Republic established scarcity of all essentials so as to provide the kleptocracy with the best of everything at the cost of the rest of the nation. The more the number of serfs to prey on, the better it is for the tyranny. i.e. the kleptocracy. that is the model of Indian "Governance"

Simple Indian

2 years ago

Our burgeoning population has been putting such immense strain on our resources, yet neither politicians nor common people seem to realize the hazards of gross over-population. Much of our woes can be traced to over-population. As people don't seem to realize, perhaps as in China, Govt of India / States need to make people realize the importance of population control.

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