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, March 13, 2016

9499 - Aadhaar Bill passage a landmark development: NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya - DNA India

NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya (dna Research & Archives)

Sat, 12 Mar 2016-05:28pm , New Delhi , PTI

"I think it was a landmark thing that has happened and I do see, now going forward, lot of use of the Aadhaar instrumentality in the disbursement of the benefits."

Terming the Aadhaar Bill passage as a landmark development, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya today said the unique identification number will be instrumental in giving people access to benefits and subsidies under the Public Distribution System (PDS).

"I think it was a landmark thing that has happened and I do see, now going forward, lot of use of the Aadhaar instrumentality in the disbursement of the benefits," Panagariya told reporters on the sidelines of the Advancing Asia Conference jointly organised by India and IMF here.

The Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Aadhaar Bill, providing statutory backing to the unique identification number for transferring government subsidies and benefits, as a money bill after government overruled opposition objections.

Panagariya said Aadhaar is going to be an instrumentality for the benefits under the Public Distribution System (PDS) and other benefits.

"I think there is also accompanying announcement in the Budget of the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for example for fertiliser. it is a pilot right now, that is a complicated one to administer. But in the PDS and in the other benefits, Aadhaar is going to be an instrumentality now," he said.

In the Union Budget, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed to introduce DBT on a pilot basis for fertiliser in a few districts across the country, with a view to improving the quality of service delivery to farmers.

In reply to a question on NITI Aayog's role in the strategic sale in the central public sector enterprises (CPSEs), Panagariya said the methodologies are yet to be worked out and it will start working on it soon.

"Not yet on methodologies, we certainly get to work on this. We will very soon will work it out, what criterion will it use and then beyond that. This particular one announced in the Budget is about the strategic sale, which is basically transfer of ownership," he said.

On the rising NPAs in the banking system and the actions being taken to recover the dues, he said the law will apply even handedly as well as the government is taking host of steps to curb it.

"Just that finger has been pointed out at one that doesn't mean the others are off, though. Law will apply even handedly ...variety of options have been discussed in the government even what we call the bad banks, ARCs etc," Panagariya said.