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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

9938 - Subsidised gas - Business Standard

New scheme faces many challenges, raises questions
Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  New Delhi 

May 4, 2016 Last Updated at 21:42 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched an ambitious programme to provide subsidised liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections to 50 million poor families. The connections will be allotted in the name of women members of households that are living below the poverty line (BPL). It is a three-year programme - the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana - and would cover 15 million households in the first year, for which a budgetary provision of Rs 2,000 crore has already been made. 

The cost of the entire programme, to be borne by the Union government, will be substantial at Rs 8,000 crore. While launching the scheme at Ballia in Uttar Pradesh, Mr Modi criticised former prime ministers for only focusing on the "ballot box" and not framing schemes keeping in mind the interest of the poor. There is little doubt that what Mr Modi has launched will immensely benefit the poor - indoor air pollution caused by unclean cooking fuel used by the poor is estimated to cause 1.3 million premature deaths in the country every year. Use of LPG will reduce pollution and improve the quality of life. But there is no denying that the programme will also give a big boost to his and his party's prospects in the coming elections.

But the problem is that these political gains come at a significant cost to the exchequer. Worse, it also reflects how the scheme may have ignored the need for LPG pricing reforms and well-targeted delivery of subsidies. The first big challenge for the scheme would be to identify the poor households so that the subsidised cooking gas connections could be allotted to the deserving persons only. In the absence of proper and authenticated data on BPL population, the government is relying on the Socio-Economic Caste Census data, but that may not be enough and the scheme may remain poorly targeted or misused. There is also the challenge of sustaining the scheme by strengthening distribution channels and ensuring supply of smaller-sized gas cylinders for the poor. Second, the scheme is not likely to use the Aadhaar-based direct benefits transfer (DBT) system that facilitates transfer of subsidies to the beneficiaries' bank accounts. Thus, the government would be directly compensating oil companies for their losses on account of the subsidised gas connections. This then would suffer from all the attendant problems of leakages and delayed reimbursements, undermining the finances of oil marketing companies. The advantages of an Aadhaar-based DBT scheme that insulates the oil companies against reimbursement delays would be lost.

A more troubling question pertains to the future direction of LPG pricing and reform of subsidies. The government is yet to withdraw subsidies on cooking gas for the economically well-off sections of society, even though it has made known its intention to limit the subsidies only to those earning below an income threshold. Instead, it is relying on cooking gas consumers to give up their subsidies voluntarily. Already 10 million households are said to have given up the subsidy benefit on cooking gas. While subsidy savings through such voluntary actions may help reduce the subsidy bill, this surely cannot be a long-term and sustainable strategy. With international crude oil prices still low, the government should lose no time in fixing a criterion based on both income and assets, so that subsidised LPG supplies to those above that threshold are phased out


    Whether gas is subsidised or not subsidised it is not a problem for the people. The real problem and its solution lies that in every household there should be a LPG connection. After being successful in my own adopted village, now I am trying to see that every household in every village of my home district should have a LPG connection. Now people have started realising in villages not to be dependent upon BPL card or APL card. LPG connection is a must and should be made available to every family.
    May 05, 2016, Thursday