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

Monday, November 9, 2015

9030 - High-profile Delhi Economics Conclave on Friday

High-profile Delhi Economics Conclave on Friday
This year's theme will be Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile Vision
Arup Roychoudhury  |  New Delhi 
November 3, 2015 Last Updated at 23:34 IST

The Delhi Economics Conclave, to be hosted by the finance ministry on November 6, has gone from being one of the many events on the capital city's summit circuit to probably being its most high-profile one.

Unlike previous years, when the finance minister and the Reserve Bank of India governor were its biggest names, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event this year.

The theme of this year's conclave is Realising India's JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) Vision. It will focus on the government's commitment to provide essential government services through JAM. Essentially, the discussions will focus on existing programmes and policy.

This compares with previous gatherings, which dealt with forward-looking but ambiguous topics such as structural reforms and growth and India's agenda for the next five years.

The conclave will also be attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, the chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Kerala, Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya and former UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani.

The day-long discussions will focus on topics as varied as the Indian and international experience in cash transfers, benefits and risks of biometric authentication, beneficiaries' experiences with technology-based targeting, financial inclusion, perspective of the states and the vision for JAM's future.

The conclave comes at a time when JAM has become the focus of many government policy programmes. The government is in the process of convincing the Supreme Court to expand the use of Aadhaar after being allowed its use for employment guarantee, pension and social schemes apart from cash transfers for cooking fuel and grain subsidies.

By October, more than 190 million accounts have been opened under the Jan Dhan scheme, with only 38 per cent being zero-balance accounts. The government wants to ramp up cash transfers to Jan Dhan accounts to include other schemes as well. The conclave will provide a good indication of where some of the centre's flagship schemes are headed.

Officials said preparations for the conclave by a team led by Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian were in full swing. Invitations for the event, especially Modi's inaugural address, are at a premium, with more requests coming in every day. "The prime minister's office wants a full house for the event. It is very involved with the preparations," said an official. The prime minister's speech is being written by Subramanian.

Senior bureaucrats attending the conclave will include Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Sinha, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, and Food and Public Distribution Secretary Vrinda Sarup.

Among the foreign dignitaries and economists scheduled to attend the event will be Luis Henrique Paiva, former head of Brazil's successful cash transfer scheme Bolsa Familia, MIT Professor Brian Forde, and Paul Niehaus of the University of San Diego.