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

10174 - Newborns to get Aadhaar card in hospital cradle - Indian Express

By S Bachan Jeet Singh

Published: 29th June 2016 06:59 AM

HYDERABAD: Come July 15, infants born at five government and maternity hospitals in the city will be issued Aadhaar cards as the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has integrated registration of births with enrolment of Aadhaar card.
Before the hospital authorities issue the discharge summary report, the parents will be handed over the Aadhaar card and birth certificate of the child at the hospital itself.

The system will be introduced at Government Maternity Hospital in Nayapul, Government Maternity Hospital in Sultan Bazar, Niloufer Hospital, Osmania General Hospital and Gandhi Hospital from July 15 onwards.

The scheme is being implemented by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in coordination with CSC e-Governance Services India Limited under the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

“Babies born in these government hospitals will be enrolled for Aadhaar and their birth certificates will be issued within seven days,” CSC e-Governance Services assistant vice-president J Raja Kishore told Express after a meeting with GHMC officials here on Tuesday.

These hospitals would be provided an enrolment kit and an operator to facilitate registration of birth of infants with Aadhaar enrolment. GHMC and CSC will impart training for the selected staff on Aadhaar enrolment shortly.
The hospitals would be provided with Tab based application, one tablet device, fingerprint device and Aadhaar certified resource for enrolment apart from broad band or Wifi connectivity.
This is going to be a real “Government to Citizen” initiative and a paradigm shift from the traditional concept where citizens have to apply and wait for certificates, said Raja Kishore.

Usually, civil registration regarding births and deaths are sent to the Registrar-General of India (RGI). Under the new system, UIDAI can source the birth registration data (BRD) from the RGI to generate an Aadhaar card. The birth registration certificate would also have the Enrolment ID (EID) number along with the registration number. Once approved by the competent authority, birth certificate will be generated with the EID number of the infant.

The biometrics of the child will be taken after attaining the age of five years. It can be done at any Aadhar enrolment centre in the state.