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, June 15, 2016

10130 - Banks told to give priority to Aadhaar seeding of accounts - The Hindu

UDUPI, June 13, 2016

The issue of Aadhaar seeding of bank accounts figured prominently at the District Level Review Meeting on Banking held at the Zilla Panchayat Hall here on Wednesday.
Francis Borgia, Lead District Chief Manager, said that there had been seeding of Aadhaar numbers with 60 per cent of bank accounts in the district.

Aadhaar seeding was a process in which Aadhaar numbers of account holders were included in the delivery database of service providers for enabling de-duplication of data. It provided Aadhaar-based authentication during service delivery. The objective of de-duplication was to clear the databases of any duplicate entries, he said.

Priyanka Mary Francis, CEO of Zilla Panchayat, said that one person might more than one account or sometimes an account in four different branches. Hence, the Aadhaar seeding mostly remained at the same level, as only one bank account of a person is Aadhaar seeded and not others, she said.
Mr. Borgia said that this problem could be solved if the banks asked their customers whether their account was Aadhaar seeded. Banks should take a letter from the account holders. This would go a long way in giving a near exact picture of the Aadhaar seeded accounts in the district, he said.
S.S. Hegde, Regional Manager, Syndicate Bank, said that under the Kisan Credit Card scheme, there was an outstanding level of loans of Rs. 316 crore covering 34,948 card holders. As many as 22,391 credit-linked self-help groups (SHGs) in the district had outstanding loans to the tune of Rs. 433 crore.
Banks had enrolled 1.82 lakh customers under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and 90,526 customers under the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Beema Yojana (PMJJBY) and 6,805 customers under the Atal Pension Yojana, he said.

The representatives from various government departments presented their status reports on the implementation of various government and State-sponsored schemes including Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), PMSBY, and PMJJBY.
Ms. Francis directed the departmental heads to encourage their staff to get included under the insurance schemes such as PMSBY and PMJJBY.

Jayaprakash Narayan, Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Bengaluru, S. Ramesh, Assistant General Manager, NABARD, were present.

Aadhaar numbers are included in the delivery database to enable de-duplication of data