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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

10439 - Poor account - Indian Express

Problem lies not with Jan Dhan, but the way the scheme is being pushed.

It is unfortunate to see bank officials in many parts of the country making one-rupee deposits in Jan-Dhan accounts simply with a view to hide their “zero-balance” status, as an investigation by this newspaper has revealed. The fact of the matter is that the opening of over 24 crore bank accounts, of which some 19 crore have been issued RuPay debit cards and over 50 per cent seeded with the unique Aadhaar identity number of the account-holders, is no mean achievement. That it has happened within a span of two years or so makes it all the more remarkable for a country, where nearly 40 per cent of the population till recently had no access to formal banking. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), moreover, aims to go further than just ensuring financial inclusion. It seeks to move to a system of making payments under various government programmes through direct transfers. Alongside reducing leakages in subsidies and other welfare expenditures, the goal is also to migrate to a cashless economy whose knock-on impact on growth cannot be underestimated.By: Editorial | Updated: September 14, 2016 12:31 am

That is precisely also the reason why the attempts at dressing up data is all the more deplorable. It is not clear whether the pressure for this has come from the top or simply acts by over-enthusiastic branch level officials. Either way, they violate basic banking principles — which rest on integrity, trust and transparency. The Indian Express investigation has shown that the account-holders were not even told about the Re one deposits when they were made. It obviously opens up the possibility of one’s account being similarly used to deposit slush funds without that person’s knowledge — and being withdrawn as well. An investigation is due and the officials involved are punished. At the end of day, there is nothing to be ashamed about zero-balance accounts. Financial inclusion is a necessary but not sufficient condition for money to be in accounts. The latter requires generation of jobs and incomes. Zero-balance accounts are a good indicator of that not happening. As a wise central banker once said, finance can facilitate but not lead.

There are critics of PMJDY who say the scheme should not have been implemented through fiat. The counter to that is if there was no push, banks would never have facilitated the opening of these accounts. Financial inclusion is an investment the returns from which are far higher than the ostensible costs imposed on the banking system. In this case, the problem lies not with the scheme, but in the spin doctors.