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

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

9275 - LPG, NREGA go Well With Aadhaar, But PDS, Pension Not So - New Indian Express

By Akram Mohammed
Published: 19th January 2016 06:01 AM

BENGALURU:  The seeding process of Aadhaar numbers with various Central and State government welfare schemes has evoked mixed reaction from the people.

Officials, however, maintain that it is an ongoing process and has also helped in weeding out several bogus documents such as fake ration cards and bogus cards of  National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).

According to data from Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), seeding of Aadhaar numbers for DBT of LPG subsidies (DBTL), NREGA and scholarship schemes have been encouraging. However, data shows that there aren't many takers for Aadhaar-based DBT for Public Distribution System (PDS) and pension schemes.

Even though it is not mandatory, 67 per cent of LPG customers eligible for subsidies have seeded their Aadhaar numbers with LPG and bank account numbers, facilitating DBTL. Authorities believe that the seeding for DBTL will increase over the next few months, along with an increase in awareness about the benefits of the scheme. As of December 2015, there were 1.3 crore (1,03,04,022) beneficiaries for LPG subsidies, of which 69.28 lakh (69,28,255) have seeded their Aadhaar numbers.

Aadhaar seeding of NREGA has also helped in bringing down the number of bogus cards. The number of beneficiaries which was close to 75 lakh in 2014, had reduced to 51.72 lakh by December 2015. With the dip in beneficiary numbers, enrolment percentage has also gone up. Currently, 75 per cent or 38.98 lakh beneficiaries of NREGA have seeded their Aadhaar cards.
While several scholarship schemes of State and Central governments are yet to be seeded with Aadhaar, beneficiaries of post-metric SC/ST scholarships have seeded their Aadhaar numbers in good numbers. Of the 3,70,202 students who benefit from such scholarship, 2,74,876 have completed the seeding process.

However, efforts to weed out bogus ration cards by seeding Aadhaar numbers of beneficiaries has been met with non-cooperation from ration card holders. Of the 4.7 crore beneficiaries, only 24 lakh or five per cent of them have seeded their numbers.

Pension Schemes Not Working
Similarly, Aadhaar seeding for benefits of pensions schemes of the Centre is progressing at a snails pace. Seeding of Aadhaar numbers of only 30 per cent of beneficiaries have been completed till date.

Commenting on Aadhaar seeding of ration cards, Principal Secretary of Food and Civil Supplies Department, Kalpana G said that the process of compiling data on the same was currently on. "Collecting Aadhaar numbers via SMS only was not viable. Therefore, the numbers are being collected at Fair Price Shops too," she said. While UIDAI said that 24 lakh beneficiaries had seeded, Kalpana said that the number was close to 45 lakh. "The process of digitisation of the collected data is now on. The Department will take a few more months to digitise data and validate it," she added.

Sources in the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department confirmed that seeding NREGA job-cards with Aadhaar numbers have helped in reducing the number of cards issued. "Earlier, several fake cards were issued and funds were siphoned off by vested interests. This has helped in preventing the same," the official added.

Weeding out The bogus ones

Aadhar seeding of NREGA has helped authorities identify the bogus cards. As the number of beneficiaries of NREGA reduce, the enrolment  percentage for Aadhar cards have gone up. However, the same phenomena is not seen with ration cards. Ration-card holders are not as cooperative as seen by the fact that only 5 per cent of them have seeded their Aadhar numbers.