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

Monday, May 30, 2016

10049 - Centre saved Rs 36,000 cr by weeding out bogus beneficiaries: Anant Geete - Financial Ecpress

The Narendra Modi-led NDA government has saved Rs 36,000 crore by weeding out fake beneficiaries of various welfare schemes after linking the Aadhaar cards to the bank accounts...

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: May 27, 2016 8:55 PM

According to Anant Geete, the amount of Rs 36,000 crore, which was saved, could be used for development of various states. (PTI)

The Narendra Modi-led NDA government has saved Rs 36,000 crore by weeding out fake beneficiaries of various welfare schemes after linking the Aadhaar cards to the bank accounts, Union Minister Anant Geete said today.

“By linking Aadhaar cards with bank accounts, the Union Government has been able to stop the leakages that would have plagued the current government welfare programs,” Geete, Union Heavy Industries Minister, told reporters here.
“For the financial year 2015-16, nearly Rs 36,000 crore has been saved by weeding out bogus beneficiaries. Over the years, these bogus and duplicate beneficiaries had been availing benefits of various welfare subsidies,” he said.
According to Anant Geete, the amount of Rs 36,000 crore, which was saved, could be used for development of various states.
The minister was here to reach out to people on the occasion of the NDA government completing two years in office.
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana has been the most successful programme, the senior Shiv Sena leader said adding, “More than 22 crore bank accounts have been opened and about Rs 37,000 crore deposits have been received by the banks. It shows that citizens are not only economically empowered, but their self-esteem has also gone up.”
“At the same time, the digitisation of ration cards, has helped the government to identify and remove nearly 3.5 crore bogus ration card holders,” he added.
In the last two years, the Modi government has introduced several policies for social development and welfare of the nation, he said.
The minister claimed that the Modi government will keep up its promise of providing two crore jobs in the five years of its tenure. “The government is working towards creating the employment opportunities,” he said.