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, February 14, 2016

9362 - 'State must ensure poor get NFSA benefits' - The Statesman

| Bhubaneswar | 13 February, 2016

Ram Vilas Paswan (PIB)

Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said the NFSA will be implemented by the remaining six states in April, ration cards will be linked to Aadhar cards and so on, but he went on to concede that there were several complaints of irregularities in implementation and the centre can do very little about these things. 

It is up to the state government to check corruption and ensure that the poor get the benefit as the objective of the NFSA is to check bogus cards and beneficiaries and plug loopholes in distribution. 

Implicitly taking a dig at the state government, he said, “They claim to provide rice free of cost or at Rs.1 per kg. The message given is that the state government is doing so whereas the fact is that the central subsidy is Rs.27 per kg and the state subsidy is barely Rs.2 or Rs.1 per kg. 

“In a federal structure, the centre cannot intervene on matters pertaining to digitised ration cards being issued to ineligible people, of the Food Commission, vigilance committees etc not being formed etc. But we will certainly forward all such complaints to the state government,” he said. 

Asked what action would be taken if the six states which are yet to implement the NFSA are unable to meet the April deadline, Paswan said the matter is pending disposal of the apex court. 
What can the centre to at the most it can stop supply of food grains, but then the people will suffer, he observed while insisting that the role of the centre ends at the FCI godown. 
It is the responsibility of the state government to ensure proper distribution to genuine beneficiaries, he added. 

Highlighting the achievements of his ministry, he said, “99.9 per cent of ration cards ( with the exception of two districts in Himachal Pradesh) have been digitized. Over 42 per cent of the ration cards have been even linked with Aadhaar cards and point of sale devices to keep electronic record of allocation to the beneficiary have been installed in over 77,000 ration shops.”

He said during the ongoing khareef season huge paddy procurement of 261.37 lakh tone has been procured till Thursday. Direct Cash Transfer of food subsidy to beneficiaries has been launched in Chandigarh and Puducherry on an experimental basis since September last year, he noted. 
He said steps to create a 1.5 lakh metric tonne buffer stock of pulses has been planned and FCI has started procurement operations. 

The drop in international prices of imported oils was affecting prices of domestically produced edible oils, he said adding that the import duty on such items had been increased to protect the farmer. 

Reform measures have been introduced in FCI and it has been asked to construct modern silos for storage of 100 lakh MT capacity at different locations on PPP mode. 

A time bound construction plan has been put in place, stated Paswan. 

Despite the deficit monsoon over the last two years, there is more than adequate foodgrain stock, he said.

Read more at http://www.thestatesman.com/news/odisha/-state-must-ensure-poor-get-nfsa-benefits/123216.html#LHOpIXQAKIsTF0Q3.99