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

Thursday, April 14, 2016

9807 - District sees 97% enrol for Aadhar card - TNN

District sees 97% enrol for Aadhar card
Nikhil Deshmukh | TNN | 
Apr 10, 2016, 09.05 AM IST

Kolhapur: The district has recorded 97.18% registration for the Aadhaar card with 37.66 lakh of the total population of 38.76 lakh enrolled.

District collector Amit Saini said, "Most of the people in the district have enrolled for the Aadhaar card. As per the 2011 census, there are 38,76,001 people in the district. Of this number, 37,66,565 people have enrolled while 36,79,508 people have received the card. Most people received the document through the Indian postal system while others obtained it from the official website."

Around 1,09,436 people in the district have not yet enrolled for the Aadhaar card. The projected population of Kolhapur district for April, 2016, is 42,61,416. Calculating enrolment for this figure will mean that 88.39% of the population has an Aadhaar card.

Saini said that once a child is more than six years old, he or she becomes a part of the census. "Every year, thousands of children become part of the population after they turn six. Very few of them enrol for an Aadhaar card at such a low age. Most of the applications for Aadhaar cards are from employed and undergraduate people."

Officials also pointed out that zero to six age group is vulnerable hence census data is not very reliable about the numbers in this category.

Sources in the district collectorate have said that Aadhaar number is useful for so that the government can transfer subsidies for its schemes directly to the bank accounts of the final beneficiaries.Meanwhile, the Union government's direct benefit transfer scheme has been operational in the state for more than three years, but has still not managed 100% implementation. Under this scheme, the Centre aims to transfer the gas subsidy to the final customers directly instead of the gas agencies. To facilitate this initiative, the government has asked the people to obtain an Aadhaar card which would offer a unique number. This number is further linked with the bank accounts of the customer and also registered with the cooking gas agency. This helps the government coordinate and credit the subsidy directly to the customer eliminating any middlemen.