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 scholar Usha Ramanathan describes 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#BreakAadhaarChains campaign, 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 @no2uid and@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

Sunday, November 29, 2015

9082 - Aadhaar card not mandatory for registration of SMEs, clears minister - SME Times

Aadhaar card not mandatory for registration of SMEs, clears minister

SME Times News Bureau | 19 Nov, 2015
Union Minister for MSME, Kalraj Mishra has clarified that Aadhaar number is not mandatory for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to register a new business under Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum (UAM).
"We have started registration of businesses online. There were reports that Aadhaar number was mandatory for registration of new businesses. Today I want to clarify that Aadhaar number is not mandatory," Mishra said at an event organised by Centre for Responsible Business in New Delhi on Wednesday .

With an aim to simplify the registration procedure for entrepreneurs and promote ease of doing business, the MSME ministry in September issued a new single-page registration form, called Udyog Aadhaar, to be filled online by all micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
"The Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum (UAM) is universal. Over 48,000 entrepreneurs have registered online so far, and the number is rising," he added.
Stating that the government has taken several measures to promote micro and small businesses, Mishra said a notification has been issued for revival of micro and small business units that have become non-performing assets (NPAs).
"If any unit feels that it is on the verge to be an NPA or has become NPA, such units can apply before banks. Banks will set up a committee to take corrective action plan. A unit, which is genuinely an NPA, will get an opportunity," the minister said.
Besides, he said that government has made it mandatory for PSUs to procure at least 20 per cent of their annual purchases from MSEs from April 1, 2015.
Speaking about sustainability standards for MSME sectors, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said, "In Indian context, we must make efforts to put in place standards for MSME. However, we need to keep in mind the standards meant for Fortune 500 companies cannot be imposed on MSME. Similarly, Fortune 500 companies cannot be the following standards of MSME."
At a global level, he said the country should not lose market access by coming out with standards that become non- tariff barriers, he said.
Prabhu also noted that countries should not pick and chose some standards from WTO and some from other environment related protocols. A balance approach should be maintained while framing standards for businesses.

- See more at: http://www.smetimes.in/smetimes/news/top-stories/2015/Nov/19/aadhaar-card-not-mandatory-for-registration-of-sme-clears-min.html#sthash.3XWsuW7w.dpuf