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, June 24, 2016

10145 - Government eyes empowering Digital Seva Kendras - Economic Times

The NDA government is working towards strengthening the Common Service Centres, now renamed to Digital Seva Kendras to act as Internet Service Providers in India’s rural and remote areas.

Muntazir Abbas  |  ETTelecom  |  15 June 2016, 4:34 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The NDA government is working towards strengthening the Common Service Centres, now renamed to Digital Seva Kendras to act as Internet Service Providers in India's rural and remote areas.

"We are making them (seva kendras) eligible as an extension of ISP (Internet Service Provider) so that they can further take an ISP license and go deep into rural hinterland as a service provider," Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters Wednesday.

This, he said, is possible over the massive national fibre network BharatNet which aims to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across India.

The telecom department has also directed BharatNet, an SPV implementing the National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) project to connect all Digital Seva Kendras on a priority basis with fibre-based telecom network.

In the last two years, the number of such service centers has more than doubled to 199,325 currently, from 83,000 in 2014. The government, according to Prasad, aims to take this count to 250,000 by December 2016.

With the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) granting in-principle approval for CSCs to function as a Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit (BBPOU), the government expects the centers to act as tax and collection points besides bill payments in future.

With RBI's license, various utility bills can be deposited at a Seva Kendra and subsequently post-paid bills of mobile phones, insurance and tax collection will be done as per consumers' convenience, he added.

Prasad also said that the Digital Seva Kendra s have a potential to generate at least 2 lakh new job opportunities if it employs one individual at every such centre.

The service centres, according to him, are doing a good job in the areas of delivering Aadhaar cards and passports, and e-ticketing, in addition to digital literacy, an d feels that banking and insurance business is vibrant.

Ten percent , or 10.79 crore, Aadhaar cards have been delivered through Digital Seva Kendra till date.

Prasad also added that the department is reviewing the telecom regulator Trai's request for penal powers and a structured response would be provided.

After the Supreme Court verdict quashing the Trai's notification mandating compensation to consumers in the event of call drops in May this year, the regulator sought appropriate amendment in the Trai Act to include penal powers.