The UIDAI has taken two successive governments in India and the entire world for a ride. It identifies nothing. It is not unique. The entire UID data has never been verified and audited. The UID cannot be used for governance, financial databases or anything. It’s use is the biggest threat to national security since independence. – Anupam Saraph 2018

When I opposed Aadhaar in 2010 , I was called a BJP stooge. In 2016 I am still opposing Aadhaar for the same reasons and I am told I am a Congress die hard. No one wants to see why I oppose Aadhaar as it is too difficult. Plus Aadhaar is FREE so why not get one ? Ram Krishnaswamy

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.-Mahatma Gandhi

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.Mahatma Gandhi

“The invasion of privacy is of no consequence because privacy is not a fundamental right and has no meaning under Article 21. The right to privacy is not a guaranteed under the constitution, because privacy is not a fundamental right.” Article 21 of the Indian constitution refers to the right to life and liberty -Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi

“There is merit in the complaints. You are unwittingly allowing snooping, harassment and commercial exploitation. The information about an individual obtained by the UIDAI while issuing an Aadhaar card shall not be used for any other purpose, save as above, except as may be directed by a court for the purpose of criminal investigation.”-A three judge bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar said in an interim order.

Legal scholarUsha Ramanathandescribes UID as an inverse of sunshine laws like the Right to Information. While the RTI makes the state transparent to the citizen, the UID does the inverse: it makes the citizen transparent to the state, she says.

Good idea gone bad
I have written earlier that UID/Aadhaar was a poorly designed, unreliable and expensive solution to the really good idea of providing national identification for over a billion Indians. My petition contends that UID in its current form violates the right to privacy of a citizen, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. This is because sensitive biometric and demographic information of citizens are with enrolment agencies, registrars and sub-registrars who have no legal liability for any misuse of this data. This petition has opened up the larger discussion on privacy rights for Indians. The current Article 21 interpretation by the Supreme Court was done decades ago, before the advent of internet and today’s technology and all the new privacy challenges that have arisen as a consequence.Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP Rajya Sabha

“What is Aadhaar? There is enormous confusion. That Aadhaar will identify people who are entitled for subsidy. No. Aadhaar doesn’t determine who is eligible and who isn’t,” Jairam Ramesh

But Aadhaar has been mythologised during the previous government by its creators into some technology super force that will transform governance in a miraculous manner. I even read an article recently that compared Aadhaar to some revolution and quoted a 1930s historian, Will Durant.Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP

“I know you will say that it is not mandatory. But, it is compulsorily mandatorily voluntary,” Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Saba April 2017.

August 24, 2017: The nine-judge Constitution Bench rules that right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty”and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World; indeed it's the only thing that ever has"

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” -Edward Snowden

In the Supreme Court, Meenakshi Arora, one of the senior counsel in the case, compared it to living under a general, perpetual, nation-wide criminal warrant.

Had never thought of it that way, but living in the Aadhaar universe is like living in a prison. All of us are treated like criminals with barely any rights or recourse and gatekeepers have absolute power on you and your life.

Announcing the launch of the#BreakAadhaarChainscampaign, culminating with events in multiple cities on 12th Jan. This is the last opportunity to make your voice heard before the Supreme Court hearings start on 17th Jan 2018. In collaboration with @no2uidand@rozi_roti.

UIDAI's security seems to be founded on four time tested pillars of security idiocy

1) Denial

2) Issue fiats and point finger

3) Shoot messenger

4) Bury head in sand.

God Save India

Thursday, October 22, 2015

8979 - Modi government makes Aadhaar number compulsory for budding entrepreneurs to register new business - Economic Times

Modi government makes Aadhaar number compulsory for budding entrepreneurs to register new business
By Vikas Dhoot, ET Bureau | 20 Oct, 2015, 08.32AM IST

By Vikas Dhoot,
Bureau | 20 Oct, 2015, 08.32AM IST

Modi government has made it compulsory for any budding entrepreneur to submit her or his Aadhaar number in order to register a new business.

NEW DELHI: Even though the Supreme Court has only allowed Aadhar to be used 'voluntarily' for a few social welfare schemes, the Modi government has made it compulsory for any budding entrepreneur to submit her or his Aadhaar number in order to
register a new business.

In fact, aspiring startups can't even 'fill' a new online form for
registering new enterprises introduced last month unless the Aadhaar credentials of their promoters (sought in the first column of the form) are validated online.

The ministry for micro, small and medium enterprises had last month notified Udyog Aadhaar, taking a cue from the prime minister's radio show Mann Ki Baat, where he had talked about simplifying procedures to start a business with a single-page registration form.

Experts said this move is a violation of the Supreme Court order on Aadhaar. "The Supreme Court has been crystal clear on the Aadhaar number being voluntary for now," said Supreme Court lawyer Pavan Duggal. "So this would be a violation of the apex court's order and could be a fit case for contempt of court. This would also infringe on citizens' right to equality, as it would discriminate against people who don't have Aadhaar numbers

Detailed queries sent to the government on Friday elicited no response till the time of going to press. Dhiraj Mathur, partner (tax and regulatory) at PwC said Aadhaar is essential to check leakages in subsidies and benefits paid out of taxpayer money, but it would not be correct to make it mandatory for starting a business unless the unique identification programme has not achieved full 'coverage' or enrolments. Industry representatives didn't want to comment on the matter, though they said they
will take it up for internal discussions.

Some state governments had already voiced apprehensions about the need to ask only for entrepreneur's Aadhar number rather than other identification proofs in order to register their businesses. "In our state, Aadhar enrolment has only begun in three districts. We had advised the central government to consider allowing PAN cards or other identity documents as
well," MV Ahmed, additional director of industries and commerce in the Assam government, told ET.

"But with Aadhaar linkage being mandatory in the form, we will not be able to submit any applications from our state," he said.

[image: Modi government makes Aadhaar number compulsory for budding entrepreneurs to register new business]Though investors can set up units using the state's own portal for registering investments under Rs 10 crore, Ahmed said the data cannot be shared with the Centre owing to this 'technical fault'. "That the MSME ministry maintains this website makes a mockery of all in the orders issued by the Supreme Court,"
said Reetika Khera, associate professor (economics) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. "In fact, the SC order in early 2015 asked the government to modify its forms in order to be compliant with its orders and in August directed it to advertise the voluntary aspect of Aadhaar. The most recent order on 15 October said voluntary use is allowed for PDS,
NREGA , National Social Assistance programme and EPFO
" she pointed out.

"A large chunk of enterprises in India are simply not registered due to the cumbersome paperwork involved in the process and, therefore, can't tap the government schemes for them. The KV Kamath panel on financing the MSME sector, that has been the biggest job creator in recent years, had recommended that the registration should be universalized," said an official on the rationale behind the new one-page form.

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