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

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

10533 - End kerosene subsidy, start big fuel reforms - Economic Times Blog

October 15, 2016, 1:27 AM IST ET Edit in ET Editorials | Economy, Edit Page, India | ET

Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan expects kerosene subsidy to fall this year with increased supply of cooking gas and rural electrification. The drop in the consumption of a sooty, polluting fuel is happy news. But the leaky subsidy regime needs rigorous reform and, eventually, the subsidy tap turned off. Subsidised kerosene sells at a huge discount to the market price. It is largely diverted to adulterate petrol and diesel, which damages engines and intensifies pollution. The dual pricing of kerosene should end. The use of Aadhaar-seeded bank accounts to transfer the subsidy to all poor households, akin to that for cooking gas, makes eminent sense. It will exorcise ghost subscribers and allow the government to scrap product subsidy, with its inherent potential for diversion and other misuse. Actually, with electricity and cooking gas reaching many more households, much more subsidised kerosene will be used to adulterate petrol and diesel.

Subsidised kerosene should be substituted with solar lanterns to cut pollution. It also cuts costs, given that there are no recurring expenses in solar lamps. A Tufts University study last year showed that the Centre’s scheme for subsidising solar products is fettered by the reluctance of companies to go through the complex procedure of getting reimbursements from the government. The answer is to use Aadhaar-seeded bank accounts for subsidy disbursement. Solar power should be funded with resolve to boost local manufacture of solar panels, LEDs and batteries.
Of the Centre’s petroleum subsidy of Rs 26,947 crore for this fiscal year, kerosene accounts for Rs 7,144 crore and cooking gas Rs 19,802 crore. A reduction in kerosene supply, coupled with small increases in retail prices, is expected to lower kerosene subsidy by 25% this year. The Centre needs to phase out the subsidy on cooking gas as well for everyone except the poor. A proactive policy to phase out kerosene subsidies and to rationalise taxes by removing the special excise duty on petrol will bring diesel, petrol and kerosene prices close to one another. The larger point is to end the long era of distorted petroleum pricing.

This piece appeared as an editorial opinion in the print edition of The Economic Times.