Aadhaar

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

Sunday, November 29, 2015

9087 - LPG distributors still insist on Aadhaar card - Deccan Herald

November 21, 2015, Bengaluru, DHNS
Consumers getting SMSes to give unique identification number


The confusion over whether or not to link the Aadhaar card to get LPG cylinder at a subsidised rate under PAHAL or Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme is likely to continue, as LPG distributors have started a ‘drive’ asking consumers to submit their Aadhaar cards, though it is not mandatory.

Senior officials of the three major LPG suppliers - Indane Gas, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited and Bharat Gas - told this newspaper that they had an instruction from their respective head offices to get the maximum number of customers to link their Aadhaar cards to enjoy the subsidy.

An official said that as part of the drive, mobile text messages were being sent to LPG consumers to submit their Aadhaar cards. There is no coercion whatsoever. This is taken up to avoid misuse of subsidy, he said.

If the unique identification number is not provided, there is a chance of misuse in availing subsidy for more than one connection. The drive is a positive attempt to reduce manipulation, the official added. Even schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana need Aadhaar card, he pointed out.

A consumer, however, said the text message he received did not make it clear if linking the Aadhaar card was optional. An HP representative said 70 per cent of the company’s customers had linked their Aadhaar cards and that they had not received any particular directive on the plan of action for those who did not have the card.

According to the statistics collected from the three major gas suppliers, around three lakh LPG consumers have given up their gas subsidy voluntarily which, the Central government says, would be used to provide gas connections to the economically weaker sections.

Out of the three lakh customers, over one lakh have given up the subsidy in Bengaluru alone. Indane Gas, which has half of the State’s LPG connections, said 1.32 lakh LPG users (65,538 in Bengaluru), nearly one lakh users of Bharat Gas  (20,000 in Bengaluru) and 78,000 users of HP (25,000 in Bengaluru) have given up the subsidy.
Karnataka has nearly one crore registered domestic LPG connections.