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 31, 2016

10325 - ST students’ scholarships to be brought under DBT - HINDU BUSINESSLINE


States urged to seed Aadhar numbers with bank accounts


The government is working on an ambitious plan to track and bring all scheduled tribe students receiving pre-matric and post-matric scholarship under the ambit of Direct Benefit Transfers.
To this end, the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs are now working with State governments to seed Aadhaar numbers of these students with their bank accounts by August 20.

Fiat to states
“If the Aadhaar number is either not linked to the application form or not seeded to the bank account, it may not be possible to ensure release of scholarship funds,” said the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in a recent letter, adding that all applications for the two schemes should be submitted on the government’s scholarship portal by August 31.

The move is a part of the government’s plan to use Aadhaar as an identifier for all Centrally-funded scholarship schemes to “facilitate direct and timely transfer of scholarships and avoid hardships to genuine and deserving students.”

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had also announced recently that all scholarships and fellowships would be linked to Aadhaar accounts and applicants would be expected to provide their Aadhaar number.

“Coordinating with States will help track all Scheduled Tribe students who receive these scholarships as they may be in remote areas. It will also help in opening bank accounts and Aadhaar seeding,” said an official. Banks have also been requested to help in opening of accounts. Enrolment for Aadhaar was expected to be completed by end of July. The Ministry had said that special camps can be organised in schools or scholarship holders should be taken to the nearest enrolment centre.

According to official data, over 21 lakh students benefitted from these two schemes in 2013-14. The pre-matric scheme provides a scholarship of at least ₹150 per month to ST students in class 9 and 10 with family income less than ₹2 lakh annually.

Similarly, the scheme for post-matric ST students provides a scholarship of between ₹ 230 per month and ₹1,200 for higher studies to students whose family income is less than ₹2.5 lakh annually.

In 2015-16, the Centre released ₹22,868.95 crore for pre-matric scholarship scheme and another ₹ 85,714.55 crore for the post-matric scholarship scheme.

(This article was published on August 11, 2016)