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

Friday, November 20, 2015

9067 - Seeding of Aadhaar with NPR begins in Mysuru - The Hindu

MYSURU, November 16, 2015

Enumerators collecting details from Mayor B.L. Bhyrappa after launching the drive of linking Aadhaar numbers with the National Population Register in Mysuru on Sunday.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Drive to be completed before December 15
The Directorate of Census Operations, Ministry of Home Affairs, Bengaluru, in collaboration with the Mysuru District Administration and the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) on Sunday launched the drive to seed Aadhaar numbers with the National Population Register (NPR).
The month-long door-to-door survey began with the seeding of Mayor B.L. Bhyrappa’s Aadhaar number. The officials from the directorate and the MCC visited Mr. Bhyrappa’s residence at J.P. Nagar and collected details of him and his family members.
They also updated the NPR of Deputy Mayor Vanitha by seeding her Aadhaar details.
The drive is to revise the National Population Register database by seeding the Aadhaar numbers, the officials said.
Armed with the register of Aadhaar numbers of the people of Mysuru sourced from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and NPR booklet, the enumerators began door-to-door survey, revising the database by seeding Aadhaar details from each household.
Pilot districts
Mysuru and Tumkur were the pilot districts in the State where Aadhaar enrolment was launched a few years ago soon after its launch by the Government of India.
The enumerators will visit all the households allotted to them and update the following — name of the person, sex, date of birth, name of father, name of mother, place of birth, present address, etc. — in the NPR database besides seed the Aadhaar number. They will also fill up the blank NPR schedule of new households/members found in the enumeration block.
In a press release here, Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha appealed to the people of Mysuru to cooperate during the drive and share details with the enumerators.
The existing NPR database would be revised besides enrolling households/persons not found in the NPR by issuing fresh NPR forms.
She requested the general public to keep ready the Aadhaar letters or the UIDAI acknowledgement slip of all the members of the household, if already enrolled in Aadhaar and also to provide the ration card number of the household to the enumerators for recording the same in the NPR database booklet.
Nation-wide drive
MCC Zonal Commissioner Jaware Gowda told The Hindu that the seeding of Aadhaar numbers with the NPR is a nation-wide exercise and the drive had been launched in the city.
“We have given the target to complete the exercise before December 15,” he said.
He said Mysuru had been categorised into over 1,000 enumeration blocks covering 65 municipal wards.

  Month-long survey of the Directorate of Census Operations was launched by Mayor B.L. Bhyrappa by updating his details with the National Population Register