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

Friday, May 13, 2016

9961 - PM Modi's 2-Hour Review Of Aadhaar Scheme Shows Big Results - NDTV

PM Modi's 2-Hour Review Of Aadhaar Scheme Shows Big Results

All India | Written by Rahul Shrivastava | Updated: May 10, 2016 17:21 IST

Aadhaar database scheme records the fingerprints and iris signatures of Indians to streamline payment of benefits and cut down on massive wastage and fraud.
  1. Aadhar scheme based on database of iris signatures, fingerprints
  2. At review, PM is told scheme is working, showing good results
  3. Scheme transfers subsidies for the needy directly to their accounts

With more than a billion people in the world's largest biometric database, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent two hours on a review of the performance of the Aadhaar welfare reform scheme, and a twin policy that allows cash to be deposited directly in the bank accounts of those entitled to subsidies.

The PM's study of the Aadhaar database scheme, which started seven years ago under the previous Congress-led government, concluded that "change is visible on the ground," according to a senior source present at the meeting. The scheme records the fingerprints and iris signatures of Indians to streamline payment of benefits and cut down on massive wastage and fraud. The Aadhaar number for each person is unique.  

Mr Modi was told that in the last year, more than 61,000 crores was distributed to more than 30 crore beneficiaries using the direct transfer system. This included payments under the rural employment scheme or MNREGA as well as discount benefits for  LPG or subsidised gas cylinders.

PM Narendra Modi spent two hours on a review of the performance of the Aadhaar welfare reform scheme. (PTI Photo)
The IT, Rural Development and Petroleum Ministries were represented at the meeting.

An attendee told NDTV that the government is seeing big savings because of far fewer leaks in the transfer of benefits, and that a major improvement has arisen from weeding out fake or duplicate beneficiaries.

"1.6 crore bogus ration cards have been deleted. That's a staggering number. This move alone led to a saving of 10,000 crores (over the last year) to the government", the official told NDTV on the condition of anonymity. A similar effort for MNREGA led to a savings of 3,000 crores- nearly 10 percent of the entire annual budget of the reform.

The PM asked officers to ensure that modifications do not harass or inconvenience the needy who are meant to benefit.

A big new move is that the government is looking to create the equivalent of Aadhaar or a unique ID for non-governmental organizations or NGOs participating in state-run schemes. 71,000 NGOs have been registered so far.