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, August 5, 2016

10258 - Scholarship schemes for EWS, girl student: Chandigarh shows the way - Hindustan Times

  • Aneesha Bedi, Hindustan Times, ChandigarhUpdated: Jul 20, 2016 14:06 IST
n a video conference held to review two centrally-sponsored schemes for school education on Monday, the MHRD secretary said Chandigarh’s performance ‘had set an example for other union territories.’ (Representative image )

The Union ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) has lauded Chandigarh’s performance on implementation of a scholarship scheme for economically weaker section students and on girls’ education.

In a video conference held to review two centrally-sponsored schemes for school education on Monday, the MHRD secretary said Chandigarh’s performance ‘had set an example for other union territories.’

The video conference was organised to review the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) and the National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE) for 2016-17.

MHRD secretary SC Kuntia appreciated city’s performance over other Union Territories. Confirming the development, nodal officer for the two schemes in Chandigarh, Bikram Rana, said, “We had gathered the data and presented it to the authorities which reflected the total number of beneficiaries and the number of girl children who had bank accounts as well as Aadhaar cards in their names.”

Director school education (DSE), Rubinderjit Singh Brar, said, “It is a positive outcome and we will continue to strive higher for girl child education. As for Aadhaar cards, we had worked on it for some time and it shows.”

How schemes work
The National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education was introduced to promote girl child’s enrolment in 14-18 years age group at secondary stage, who pass Class 8 and subsequently drop out under duress of socio-economic reasons.

The scheme aims to retain such girl children up to and after Class 8. For this, the states and UTs are given guidelines to establish an enabling environment to reduce dropouts and promote the enrolment of girl child belonging to SC/ST communities in secondary schools. A sum of `3,000 is deposited in a public sector bank/post office in the name of every girl child. On the basis of this data, the beneficiary would have to continue her study at least for two years in the secondary school after her enrolment in Class 9. The video conferencing revealed that in Chandigarh, 465 benefitted in the last year.
The National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) was launched in May, 2008. The objective of the scheme is to award scholarships to meritorious students of economically weaker sections, thus arrest their drop out at Class 8. Scholarship of `6,000 per annum (`500 per month) per student is awarded to selected students every year for study in Classes 9 to 12 in State government, government aided and local body schools. In this scheme, the number of beneficiaries were 265 in 2016-17.