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

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

10293 - Over 3 lakh persons avail social welfare schemes - TNN

TNN | Jul 31, 2016, 04.28 AM IST

Panaji: Over three lakh people of the state have been availing various social welfare schemes run by the state government.
Besides this, Goa Electronic Limited (GEL) has received applications from one lakh families to avail the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seve Yojana (DDSSY). Goa has a population of around 14 lakh.

There are around 1,49,152 Griha Aadhaar beneficiaries; 41,630 Ladli Laxmi beneficiaries; 1,39,896 Dayanand Social Security Scheme beneficiaries, while 70,000 persons have benefited from the scheme constituted for mining-affected people. Speaking to mediapersons, GEL chairperson Dattaprasad Naik said that they have distributed around 2.60 lakh forms for the DDSSY scheme. "We have already distributed DDSSY scheme cards to around 5,000 families," he said, adding further that they have a capacity to distribute 250 cards per centre and there are around 17 such centres. He also requested the applicants to come on the same date, when they receive a SMS to collect their cards to avoid any inconvenience. Naik said that if any person fails to collect the card on the date specified in the message, then GEL will once again send the message with a new date to collect the card.

Naik also said that GEL has conducted around 195 camps in the villages to facilitate the registration of beneficiaries under the scheme. GEL has received the highest number of applications under DDSSY from Bardez taluka, followed by Salcete and Bicholim. Naik said that they have received the highest number of applications for DDSSY from Sanguem constituency, followed by Canacona, Quepem and Sakhali.

While processing DDSSY applications, GEL has encountered that there are few bedridden people in the state who do not have an Aadhaar card which is necessary to avail DDSSY scheme.

Naik said GEL has also got permission from the government to take an Aadhar mobile unit to those bedridden people to make their Aadhar card so that they are not deprived from the scheme. As Aadhaar cards are also made for school children, GEL will also start to issue Aadhaar cards to the students. "From September 2016 onwards, we are planning to start camps in all schools to enrolment of aadhaar card across the state. In the first phase, enrolment would be done in six talukas," he added.