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

10262 - Point of sale system to make PDS hassle-free - TNN

B Sivakumar | TNN | Jul 20, 2016, 11.57 PM IST

Chennai: R Anandhi, a domestic worker in Saidapet buys essential commodities from a nearby ration shop. But, she has no idea about the availability of commodities there and what she could purchase. To iron out such glitches in the public distribution system and make the consumers' visit less bothersome, all outlets across Chennai and neighbouring districts will have point of sale (POS) machines in two weeks' time. 

The machines will have ration card details of all consumers along with their aadhaar numbers. With the POS machine, the consumer who purchases commodities will get an SMS as to how much he or she paid and what commodities he or she got from the shop. Moreover, consumers can now download an App and submit the ration card number upon which it will throw up the stock position of commodities in the shop. The 400crore project is funded by the Centre.

Setting up of POS machines in ration shops is part of a national project to bring about transparency in public distribution system (PDS). The first step in setting up the machine in ration shops is seeding of aadhaar numbers into ration cards, said civil supplies department officials.

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what about items not purchased, but added by the billing staff separately to sell in black market ?
Nagarajan Subramanian

The machines have already been installed in 11,000 ration shops across 13 districts south of Trichy. "We were waiting for seeding of the aadhaar numbers. This process has almost been completed in Chennai and nearby districts. Nearly 2,000 POS machines will be set up in these places," said a civil supplies department official, not willing to be named. Besides giving information to consumers, the machines will give details about stock position. "The machines are being manufactured in Chennai. It has some imported spare parts too," said the official.

Meanwhile, across Tamil Nadu seeding of aadhaar numbers with ration cards is expected to be completed by December. Later, the POS machines would be installed. Welcoming the project, Tamil Nadu Progressive Consumer Centre president T Sadagopan said, "It is a welcome move. Until now, we know what commodities are available in our ration shops only if we visit them. We have to return if there is no stock of sugar or rice. But, with the App, visiting ration shops is not so bothersome. There is transparency too."