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

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

9314 - Advisory issued to Collectors on Aadhaar - NAvHindTimes

Posted by: nt February 4, 2016 in Goa News


Here comes the good news for those who are yet to receive their Aadhaar letter, as the Ministry of Communication and IT has recently issued an advisory to the district Collectors to send the request for extending the facility of advance search and e-Aadhaar download to the officers of various departments to facilitate printing and seeding of Aadhaar of such beneficiaries by just typing his /her first name.

The advisory was issued in the backdrop of a decision taken recently by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 9th meeting of Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI), an IT-based multi-modal platform, under which he reviewed progress with respect to Aadhaar and its seeding with top officials of various central departments and state governments via video conferencing.

An official from the state department said that recently, an UIDAI official provided training to the officers of various government departments on authenticating procedure and were also trained on how to issue Aadhaar letter to the beneficiaries.
A beneficiary who has lost Aadhaar acknowledgment receipt need not have to worry now as the advance search in the Aadhaar database will help a field officer to issue Aadhaar letter by just typing his/her first name or district and village.
Though it was claimed that Aadhaar saturation has already exceeded 91 per cent in the state, however, of the total 14.58 lakh population in the state, only 75.2 percent has received Aadhaar cards while the remaining people have either not enrolled or they have not been able to receive their Aadhaar card or letter.

The extension of facility of advance search into Aadhar data base and e-Aadhaar download and printing to the field level officers of the state government will be for the period of three months.

“The district Collector who is the in-charge of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) programme must approach the UIDAI regional office with the list of field officers to whom such facility is to be extended,” the advisory reads.

“It is seen that while some states have achieved remarkable results in Aadhaar seeding, the concern has been raised by some state governments that many of the beneficiaries have not yet received Aadhaar letters, even though Aadhaar unique ID may have been generated for them,” the advisory further reads.