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

Friday, December 9, 2016

10571 - Food ministry targets linking all ration cards with Aadhaar - Live Mint

Fri, Nov 04 2016. 09 54 AM IST

Food ministry targets linking all ration cards with Aadhaar

Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan says 26.2 million bogus ration cards have been weeded out through measures such as digitization

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Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan. According to the food ministry, the beneficiary database has been digitized in all 36 states and Union territories. Photo: Mint

New Delhi: With Tamil Nadu and Kerala on board, all 36 states and Union territories (UTs) in India have implemented the National Food Security Act (NFSA), food minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Thursday.
“Only 11 states had implemented the Act when we came to power (in 2014),” Paswan said, adding that the next goal of the centre is to complete linking ration cards with Aadhaar unique identification numbers. So far, 71% of ration cards have been linked with Aadhaar numbers to ensure transparency and reduce leakages, he said.
Through various measures like digitization, 26.2 million bogus ration cards have been weeded out and currently the leakage of grains stands at a mere 0.04%, Paswan said.
Enacted by Parliament in 2013, NFSA entitles 50% of the urban and 75% of the rural population to highly subsidized foodgrains at Rs2-3 per kg. Each eligible person is allowed to draw 5 kg of grains per month.
So far, 800 million Indians have been enrolled under the scheme, close to the intended coverage of 813.4 million under the NFSA, the food ministry said in a statement. It added that the program entails a subsidy outgo of Rs1.4 trillion per year, making it the largest welfare program run by the centre.
According to the food ministry, the beneficiary database has been digitized in all 36 states and UTs. 28 states and UTs are allocating beneficiaries their share of foodgrains online, and the entire foodgrain supply chain has been computerized in 18 states and UTs.
To prevent leakage of foodgrains, the centre has initiated two models. Under the direct cash transfer model, the beneficiary gets the money into the bank account and purchases grains from market. The UTs of Chandigarh, Puducherry and urban areas of Dadra and Nagar Haveli have opted for this.
Under the second model, currently used by all states, foodgrains are distributed through an electronic point of sale (e-PoS) device. The device authenticates beneficiaries during distribution of grains and also electronically records the amount of grains distributed to the family.
According to the food ministry, currently 1,61,854 fair price shops are using the e-PoS device.