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 scholar Usha Ramanathan describes 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#BreakAadhaarChains campaign, 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 @no2uid and@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 27, 2016

9655 - Raje seeks Centre’s help for waiver of banks service fee - The Hindu

NEW DELHI, March 23, 2016


Rajasthan has sought the Centre’s support for enhancing efficiency in e-governance programme, IT infrastructure and waiver of service fee charged by banks on transaction carried out under the State’s e-Mitra scheme.

“IT is a platform on which the country has to grow. We have come to meet the minister to discuss our IT issues around Bhamashah. We wanted to inform him all that we have done and ask about new things that we can take to Rajasthan,” state’s Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje told reporters after meeting Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

In an hour-long meeting with Mr Prasad, Raje along with Rajasthan Chief Secretary C. S. Rajan and State’s IT Secretary discussed various issues around use of technology in the State for e-governance, financial inclusion and telecom infrastructure.
Rajasthan also sought Centre’s intervention for asking banks to waive service charges in case of transactions through PoS devices (micro) with e-Mitra (Common Service Centers) and added that SBI has already waived off these charges.
The State has more than 20,000 e-Mitra kiosks (CSCs) are acting as points of service delivery for cash disbursement, by way of business correspondents of banks or through Micro ATMs.

The State delegation informed the Minister that under various camps more than 125 lakh bank accounts have been opened and linked with Bhamashah Family profile.

However, till date around 85 per cent RuPay cards have been issued and the activation percentage is 45 per cent.
Rajasthan CM asked the Centre to give clear deadline to banks that by May they should ensure 100 per cent disbursement and activation of RuPay cards.

In the meeting, state representative sought systematic linkage of Bhamashah platform with Aadhaar to ensure that future changes in profile like address, phone number etc in Bhamashah will automatically update Aadhaar information.

Under Bhamashah scheme, Rajasthan government directly transfers benefits to eligible people.

Till date over 250 lakh transactions and disbursal of over Rs 1,470 crore have taken place under Bhamashah scheme.
Ms Raje sought mr Prasad’s intervention in improving telecom connectivity in the State.

“I believe that in coming days he will help us with 2G, 3G and 4G roll out in our state, increasing connectivity and taking forward IT. This is first meeting. We will keep discussing further,” she said.

State has 44,266 villages with 2G network connectivity, while 462 are not covered at all and 57 villages have partial connectivity. All the district headquarters in the state have 3G connectivity except Dausa. However 204 blocks under various districts are yet to receive 3G connectivity. - PTI