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

10530 - Racket thrives as officials turn blind eye to fake Aadhaar data - Deccan Herald

P M Raghunandan, October 13, 2016, Bengaluru, DHNS
45,000 bogus ration cards detected in Bengaluru alone

The racket of linking fictitious ‘Aadhaar’ numbers to generate bogus Below Poverty Line (BPL) ration cards has come as a shock to the state government.

Recently, the Food and Civil Supplies department had proudly announced having achieved about 98% seeding of all BPL cards with the Aadhaar number. Doubts are now being raised on the accuracy of the Aadhaar-seeded ration card data. Currently, the state has 1.05 crore BPL cards.

The state had about 1.09 crore ration cards before the exercise to link the Aadhaar numbers was taken up. Ration supplied through a BPL card carries a subsidy of Rs 800 per month on an average.

The modus operandi of the racket is simple: Invalid and fake 12-digit numbers are linked with bogus ration cards. In some cases the Aadhaar numbers of unknown persons are linked with bogus cards to make them appear as genuine Aadhaar-seeded ration cards. The Food Inspectors, who are supposed to verify authenticity of Aadhaar-seeded ration cards data, have turned a blind eye in all these cases, sources in the Food and Civil Supplies department said.

The racket came to light recently after a team of officials led by department Secretary Harsh Gupta raided some fair price shops in Bengaluru. For instance, a shop at Aruna Veerapura in Bengaluru North taluk had 708 bogus ration cards.

Surprisingly, all the 708 cards were seeded with the same Aadhaar number.
And, the Aadhaar number was of a certain Yeshpal who had obtained the franchise to distribute ration coupons to beneficiaries. Yeshpal is a relative of the fair price shop owner.

In Bengaluru alone, more than 45,000 bogus cards covering about 300 fair price shops have been found so far. Similar cases have surfaced in Mysuru, Hubbali-Dharwad, Tumakuru and other cities and towns.

A team of department officials, including the Secretary, have been working overtime verifying the data and digging out bogus ration cards. The team was working even on Wednesday despite it being a government holiday, Gupta said.

The random verification is being done only with regard to 31 lakh BPL cards existing in the limits of urban local bodies, including Bengaluru. The department has introduced the coupon system in these areas. A beneficiary has to produce ration coupon to the fair price shop owner to get the ration. The coupons can be collected either from the franchise or Bengaluru One centre.

Gupta said the department has drawn up a detailed plan to identify bogus ration cards. Directions have been issued to officials to slap criminal cases against all those found to be involved in this illegal act. Cases will be filed under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Essential Commodities Act and also the stringent Goonda Act, he added.