Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Institute Seminar Series @ MIDS

The UID/Aadhar: Understanding the Issues after the Law
Speaker: Dr. Usha Ramanathan, Legal Researcher
Chairperson: Dr. Ajit Menon, Professor, MIDS
Date & Time: Wednesday, 27 April 2016 @ 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Adiseshiah Auditorium, MIDS

Abstract: Is Aadhar UID now mandatory? How does one understand the money bill route, and what are its implications for the validity of the law? What will happen now to the court cases challenging the UID?  Where are we now on the thorny issues of surveillance, tracking, profiling, biometrics, private and foreign companies and subsidy? What does the law say? And why is the Aadhar not like the social security number? This discussion will revisit the debates around the UID and examine the implications of the new law.

About the Speaker: Dr. Usha Ramanathan is a legal researcher and a regular guest professor at many universities. She works on the jurisprudence of law, poverty and rights.  Her work draws
heavily upon non-governmental experience in its encounters with the state, a 6 year stint with a law journal (Supreme Court Cases) as reporter from the Supreme Court and her engagements with matters of law and public policy.  She was a member of the Expert Group on Privacy set up in the Planning Commission of India which gave in its report in October 2012. She was a member of a committee (2013-14) set up in the Department of Biotechnology to review the Draft Human DNA Profiling Bill 2012. She was a member of the Committee set up by the Prime Minister's Office (2013-14) to study the socio-economic status of tribal communities which gave its report to the government earlier this year.

Dr. Ramanathan has been closely engaged with debates on the UID for many years, and was part of the Committee formed by the Central Government in 2013 to review the bill.  She has written several articles on the issue.

All are cordially invited.

                                                                                                                                                   Shashanka Bhide


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