Aadhaar

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

10263 - Fake ration card complaints coming from entire State: Food Minister Dhurve - Hitavada


Source: The Hitavada      
Date: 21 Jul 2016 16:06:36

Staff Reporter,
Minister for Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Omprakash Dhurve accepted in Assembly that complaints of fake ration cards are coming from entire State and it is due to this reason that Aadhaar card has been made mandatory. Dhurve gave this statement while replying to a question asked by Ashok Rohani. Rohani wanted to know that what is the number of registered cardholders, who are living under BPL category in Jabalpur district. How much ration had been allotted by Government. In answer, Dhurve replied that there are 3,00,291 BPL families in Jabalpur district.
Meanwhile, Rohani sought to know that how many times one has to give Samagra ID and Aadhaar card for verification. Dhurve said Aadhaar card has to be given only once. Rohani was of the view that even after having the eligibility slip, people are not getting the ration and requested the minister to issue directives to the Collector in this regard. Omprakash Dhurve assured to issue the directive to the Collector, but with a rider that beneficiary shall have the Aadhaar card.
Home Minister forms team to investigate murder cases: Home Minister Bhupendra Singh assured the Assembly to form a team led by ADG (CID) to investigate the three murders, which took place in Podi village of Nagodh in 2014-15. He also accepted that there was negligence in the probe of the case from the start itself. He was replying to the question asked by Yadvendra Singh. Sisodia demands ban on chemical-laced fruits: MLA Yashpal Singh Sisodia demanded during Zero Hour in Assembly that chemical laced fruits be banned in State.
He said that chemical-laced fruits coming from overseas are being sold in markets of Madhya Pradesh. Family members of patients purchase these fruits, including apple, at higher rates and give to the patient and also consume themselves. He said that it is necessary that such fruits be washed in hot water before use, but in the absence of awareness, people are using these fruits by simply washing with cold water and sometimes, they use them directly. Owing to this reason, health of people is affected adversely.