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

9090 - Salaries of UT staff to be linked with Aadhaar-based attendance system - Tribune India

Posted at: Nov 22 2015 1:28AM

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 21

Six months after introducing the Aadhaar-based attendance managements system for its employees, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to link the salary of the employees based on their attendance record.

The new system is being introduced in the office of the Deputy Commissioner and the UT Estate Office from January 1, 2016. “The practice will be followed in other departments of the UT. It will bring new accountability and transparency in the functioning of government offices as the working hours of the employees will be on record”, said a senior UT official.

Not only the employees, all senior officials like Deputy Commissioner, Additional Deputy Commissioner and Sub Divisional Magistrates, whose offices are in the DC Office Complex, have to mark their attendance.

During the last six months, over 500 such devices are being installed in the UT offices. Based on the Aadhaar system, that is GPRS and Wi-Fi enabled, the new system logs the entry and exit time of the employees and tracks chronic late comers. Around 5,500 employees will be covered under the project.

UT DC Ajit Balaji Joshi said apart from the attendance-based salary, it had been made mandatory for all employees and officials to carry their identity cards. “All the employees have been asked to get their I-cards made by December 15. This will help in checking the entry of unauthorised persons in the Estate Office”, he said.

The Aadhaar-based smart device authenticates an employee’s identity on the basis of the picture taken and matches it with the unique identity number of the employee. If any employee of the Estate Office has gone to the UT Secretariat on duty, he can mark his attendance there. It will automatically get stored in the central data.

How the system works
  • “The system facilitates search, down to the names of individual employees, and all data can be downloaded. The public reporting of data creates pressure on supervisors to ensure compliance. The moment the attendance is marked, a message comes on the registered mobile number,” said an official. The new system has replaced the earlier installed biometric attendance system. Based on the Aadhaar system, that is GPRS and Wi-Fi enabled, the new system logs the entry and exit time of the employees and tracks chronic late comers.
All attendance machines not working properly
  • Of the total seven such aadhaar- based attendance machines installed in the Estate Office, five machines are not functioning properly. The employees have to wait to mark their attendance as there are some technical glitches.