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

Sunday, July 24, 2016

10172 - Submit Aadhaar number or lose LPG subsidy: Oil firms - Deccan Herald

P M Raghunandan Bengaluru, Jun 28, 2016, DHNS
Say move aimed at verifying genuineness of consumers

The Centre may not have made Aadhaar number mandatory for getting subsidy on domestic LPG cylinder. But oil marketing companies in the state have started insisting that their consumers should submit their Aadhaar number.

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPC) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (BPC) are sending messages to their consumers’ mobile phone, asking them to submit Aadhaar numbers.

The oil companies have stated in their message that the subsidy towards domestic LPG refill supply will not be deposited in the bank account if Aadhaar number is not submitted.

“You are linked to PAHAL (system wherein LPG subsidy amount will be directly deposited in the customers’ bank accounts) through bank a/c linking mode. As informed earlier, kindly submit your Aadhaar at LPG distributorship to receive subsidy in your bank a/c,” a message sent by IOC to its customers stated.

But the company has not indicated from when it is planning to discontinue depositing the subsidy amount into the bank account.

The Centre recently notified the new Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, giving unique numbers assigned by the Unique Identity Authority of India a statutory backing for transferring subsidies and benefits to the eligible people. 

July 15 deadline
Official sources in the BPC said that the oil companies have asked their consumers to submit their Know-Your-Customer (KYC) details before July 15 this year.

This applies to only those who have not submitted their Aadhaar number yet. But the companies have so far not received clear direction from the Oil Ministry on whether to continue depositing subsidy amount to the consumers who fail to submit KYC details.
 About seven lakh of the nearly one crore domestic LPG customers in Karnataka are yet to submit their Aadhaar number to the oil companies.

The firms had given an option to the consumers to either submit Aadhaar-linked bank account number or an ordinary bank account number. This was done to implement the direct benefit transfer system. The companies had collected KYC details from those who had not furnished Aadhaar number.

The official sources said the KYC details are sought from non-Aadhaar customers in order to verify whether they are genuine consumers. The oil companies cannot crosscheck the authenticity of consumers who have given only ordinary bank account details. There is a possibility of ineligible people getting the subsidy amount, the sources added.