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

Saturday, June 4, 2016

10091 - Modi cracks whip, tells ministries to link DBT to Aadhaar by Dec 31 - New Indian Express

By Yatish yadav

Published: 02nd June 2016 05:12 AM

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving speech at Davangere on a Sunday | (File Photo/D. Hemanth) 
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has drawn strict timelines for the implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for Central ministries and departments which run welfare schemes. The Cabinet secretariat sent a letter to all ministries directing them to create internal DBT cells by June 30, 2016, and to link all DBT disbursal with Aadhaar by December 31.
“Prime Minister has reviewed the progress of DBT and Aadhaar on May 9, 2016, wherein stiff lines for implementation of DBT were laid down. These include — DBT Cell in all Ministries and States by June 30, 2016, all DBT disbursal to be Aadhaar linked by December 31 and all subsidies and welfare schemes to be brought under DBT by March 31, 2017,” SK Srivastva, Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat wrote.
He said that to meet the timelines, each Ministry or department would have to constitute Internal DBT Cells. These Cells may be headed by an officer of joint secretary-rank or above and comprise of IT experts, coordinating with respective programme divisions for the DBT transition.
The government has also decided to institute a live portal under each scheme to capture real-time information about beneficiaries and underlying transactions at the Central Ministry-level.
A number of Ministries like the department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fishing, Ministry of Environment & Forests & Climate Change, Department of Sports, Department of Science & Technology, Department of Agriculture Research & Education and Ministry of Home Affairs have already constituted such cells.
“Now the scope of the DBT has also been expanded to include in-kind transfers as well as transfers made to various enablers of government schemes,” the letter said. Earlier, the government claimed over 1.6 crore bogus ration cards had been deleted due to DBT, yielding savings of Rs 10,000 crore.
It said in 2015-16, over Rs 61,000 crore was distributed to over 30 crore beneficiaries, using DBT. This includes over Rs 25,000 crore in MGNREGS and over Rs 21,000 Crore in PAHAL (for LPG).