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 18, 2016

9998 - 1.43 lakh fake pensioners weeded out - Tribune India

Posted at: May 16, 2016, 12:48 AM; last updated: May 16, 2016, 1:52 AM (IST)

State to save Rs 280 crore annually; Bank accounts of beneficiaries linked with Aadhaar cards

Parvesh Sharma
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 15

With the detection of 1.46 lakh fake pensioners during the implementation of the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of the social security pension scheme to disburse all categories of pension in the state, the Haryana Social Justice and Empowerment Department (SJED) will save Rs 280 crore annually from the 2016-17 financial year.

Though senior officials of the department did not share whether they wanted to take legal action against fake pensioners or start recovery proceedings, they confirmed they were working to finalise a plan to send a strong signal to prevent its re-occurrence.

As per details of the department, in 2015-16 the department disbursed Rs 3,312 crore to all 23.67 lakh pensioners. During digitisation of record for the implementation of the DBT, out of the total 23.67 pensioners, the department found 1.46 lakh fake and stopped their pension.

“We have detected 1.46 lakh fake pensioners and will save Rs 280 crore annually from the current year. We are discussing what sort of action should be taken against them. We have interlinked all bank accounts of pensioners with Aadhaar cards and now all state pensioners are getting pension online,” Sunil Gutali, Additional Chief Secretary of SJED, told The Tribune.

Some seniors said though they did not face any problem in all 81 main towns of the state to interlink Aadhaar cards of pensioners with bank accounts, they faced inconvenience in the rural areas, as only 21 per cent of villages of the state had branches of various banks. To launch the DBT in all villages, they made various alternative arrangements.

There are 6,756 villages in the state, out of which 1,439 have bank branches. In the remaining villages, the department has started using other sources. In 2,177 village, the department has been disbursing pension through post offices (PO), 1,244 villages are getting pension through their neighbouring village branch of the bank, 599 neighbouring village PO, 1,799 through business correspondent agents of banks and 810 by the primary agriculture cooperative societies. The remaining are getting it through private mobile company arraignments.

Out of current 22.21 lakh pensioners in the state, 14.28 lakh are old-age pensioners, 1.42 lakh disabled, 6 lakh widows and the remaining are ‘Ladlis’, non-schoolgoing and eunuchs.