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 scholar Usha Ramanathan describes 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


Here is what the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, which examined the draft N I A Bill said.

1. There is no feasibility study of the project]

2. The project was approved in haste

3. The system has far-reaching consequences for national security

4. The project is directionless with no clarity of purpose

5. It is built on unreliable and untested technology

6. The exercise becomes futile in case the project does not continue beyond the present number of 200 million enrolments

7. There is lack of coordination and difference of views between various departments and ministries of government on the project


What was said before the elections:

NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi

"I don't agree to Nandan Nilekeni and his madcap (UID) scheme which he is trying to promote," Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha, Sept 2012

"All we have to show for the hundreds of thousands of crore spent on Aadhar is a Congress ticket for Nilekani" Yashwant Sinha.(27/02/2014)

TV Mohandas Pai, former chief financial officer and head of human resources, tweeted: "selling his soul for power; made his money in the company wedded to meritocracy." Money Life Article

Nilekani’s reporting structure is unprecedented in history; he reports directly to the Prime Minister, thus bypassing all checks and balances in government - Home Minister Chidambaram

To refer to Aadhaar as an anti corruption tool despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is mystifying. That it is now officially a Rs.50,000 Crores solution searching for an explanation is also without any doubt. -- Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP & Member, Standing Committee on Finance

Finance minister P Chidambaram’s statement, in an exit interview to this newspaper, that Aadhaar needs to be re-thought completely is probably the last nail in its coffin. :-) Financial Express

The Rural Development Ministry headed by Jairam Ramesh created a road Block and refused to make Aadhaar mandatory for making wage payment to people enrolled under the world’s largest social security scheme NRGA unless all residents are covered.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

10527 - Submit Aadhaar to get LPG subsidy arrears - Deccan Herald

P M Raghunandan, October 12, 2016, Bengaluru, DHNS
Oil companies had withheld refund to those who didn't provide numbers by July

 Domestic LPG customers can claim subsidy for refills that they got since July this year, if they submit the Aadhaar number to the LPG distributor before December this year.

Oil marketing companies – Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPC) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPC) – had suspended payment of subsidy to customers who had failed to submit Aadhaar numbers before July this year. But the companies have deposited the subsidy amount of their non-Aadhaar customers in a separate bank account.

“The Centre recently issued a notification making Aadhaar number mandatory for domestic LPG customers to avail subsidy on the refill supply from December this year. Hence, those who submit the Aadhaar number before December will get subsidy for all refills supplied to them since July this year. Those who submit Aadhaar after the deadline will not get this benefit,” IOC assistant general manager (LPG) Abhijit Dey said.

Karnataka has around 1.10 crore domestic LPG customers. Of these, about 95% have submitted Aadhaar numbers. Oil companies deposit the subsidy amount directly to the customers’ Aadhaar-linked bank accounts. However, a large number of customers are not getting subsidy due to some technical glitches in linking Aadhaar numbers with the bank account. With the subsidy amount on an LPG refill coming down to less than Rs 100 in recent months, many customers are not aware that they are not getting the subsidy in their bank account. Currently, a domestic LPG refill in Bengaluru carries a subsidy of Rs 63.77.

This apart, the Centre is likely to launch the Ujjwala scheme, to provide free LPG connections to non-LPG below poverty line (BPL) families in the state from November this year. Oil companies have so far received around two lakh applications for connections under the scheme. The LPG connections will be sanctioned to woman members of the BPL families under the Ujjwala programme, official sources in the IOC said.

On Centre’s footsteps

The state government will follow the Centre’s policy of making Aadhaar number mandatory for availing subsidy schemes. The Food and Civil Supplies department has almost completed linking all BPL ration cards with Aadhaar numbers, while the Revenue department is in the process of collecting the unique identity number from all beneficiaries of social security pensions.

When contacted, Food and Civil Supplies department Secretary Harsh Gupta said the department is awaiting approval from the government to make Aadhaar mandatory for issuing BPL ration cards. Close to 98% of BPL cards have already been linked to Aadhaar. About four lakh existing BPL cards have been found to be bogus and they will be cancelled once the government makes Aadhaar compulsory, he added.

The Revenue department has set February next year as the deadline to the Directorate of Social Security Pensions to collect Aadhaar numbers from all 52 lakh beneficiaries, official sources in the government said.


Karnataka has around 1.10 crore domestic LPG customer and about 95% have submitted Aadhaar numbers

The government currently gives 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised rates per household in a year.

The subsidy on every cylinder is transferred in advance directly into bank accounts of individuals, who then buy the cooking fuel at market rates.

A domestic LPG refill in Bengaluru carries a subsidy of Rs 63.77

Oil companies have so far received around two lakh applications for connections under the Ujjwala scheme