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 23, 2016

10594 - Witnesses may not be needed for property registration - TNN

Nisha Nambiar | TNN | Updated: Nov 13, 2016, 11.43 AM IST

PUNE: You may no longer have to take witnesses along with you while registering property documents if the suggestion sent by the registration department to the state government to amend a provision of the Maharashtra Registration Rules 1961 is accepted by the government. 

According to the inspector general of registration and controller of stamps N Ramaswami, with more than 90% of the people in the state having Aadhaar numbers, identification can be done by matching the biometric information rather than take the help of witnesses. 

"As per the existing rules, it is mandatory for the sub-registrar to verify the identity of the applicants by calling in two witnesses. We wanted to do away with the system as we now have Aadhaar database to verify a person's identity," Ramaswami said. Moreover, it would also reduce crowding at the offices of the sub-registrar, he added. 

The department has called the proposal a 'consent-based Aadhaar authentication service', which means that the verification will be carried out at the individual's request or with his consent. Officials at the IGR office said it was the easiest way of confirming the identity and, therefore, the rules could be modified.

Explaining how the system will work, officials said the consent would be sought either in electronic or paper format. Once the consent is sought, the 12-digit Aadhaar number along with the finger print and iris scan will be entered in the UIDAI system with the help of a software.

Officials said the information generated through the system will be printed in the summary reports and it will be saved in electronic format along with the unique transaction code. "With this, the sub-registrar need not examine other persons, it simplifies the process and reduces the rush at the sub-registrar's office,'' they added. 
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Moreover, it is a tedious task for buyers and sellers to get witnesses. Welcoming the move, senior citizen N R Rao said, "The main objective of the Aadhaar card is to verify identity and so it must be used for such purposes."

Lawyers, too, agreed that it would be easy to carry out transactions as witnesses tend to come late which delays the entire process.