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

10333 - More than 70 govt hospitals to provide online appointment soon - Live Mint

Last Modified: Mon, Aug 15 2016. 01 37 PM IST

Online registration system allows patients to fix an appointment online by sharing their Aadhaar number on the project’s website

Kshitiz Goliya

The system was initially launched in 2014 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, as a pilot project. Photo: HT

New Delhi: Soon patients will not need to wait in queues to meet a doctor. At least 70 government hospitals across the country will soon offer the facility of seeking online appointment for consultation.

Online registration system (ORS), one of the government’s flagship e-governance projects, allows patients to fix an appointment online by simply sharing their Aadhaar number on the project’s website.

The system was initially launched in 2014 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, as a pilot project.
The scheme is now open for all the government hospitals, wherein the hospitals can register themselves on the system and start offering the online appointment service.

As of July, 71 requests have been received from different hospitals all over the country, said Dr. Ajay Kumar, additional secretary, Department of Electronics and IT.
About six-seven lakh out-patient department (OPD) registrations have been done on ORS so far, Kumar added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government last year launched ORS, allowing patients to book an appointment, pay fees, view diagnostic reports and check blood availability on a single online portal.

Patients who make online OPD appointment automatically receive an SMS regarding confirmation of the appointment and also get a reminder about their upcoming visit to the hospital. They also have the option of cancellation.
The application is one of the many services launched under the Prime Minister’s Digital India initiative in July 2015.
The government has also enlisted state agencies to help bring state hospitals on board the platform.

“This is one of the successful applications of National Informatics Center which we have been able to implement across the country and this will become an example for other countries also,” Kumar said.

However, the scheme faces its own set of challenges as government hospitals are already under pressure.
“There are many challenges to this scheme as many people who make appointments don’t turn up,” said a doctor at AIIMS, who declined to be identified.

“Also it is difficult to assign appointments online, when so many poor patients wait outside for treatment here,” said the person.