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

10614 - Unfair practices eat into common man’s PDS share in State - New Indian Express

By Yathiraju  |  Express News Service  |   Published: 18th November 2016 01:35 AM  |  

BENGALURU: All is not fair with the fair price distribution network in the State. The creation of as many as 1.65 lakh fake coupons has put a big question mark on the credibility of the Aadhaar-linked biometric system, which was introduced to issue bar-coded coupons for the Public Distribution System (PDS). And all these fake coupons were unearthed within a month of the introduction of the scheme in August.

According to sources, till date food grains, kerosene and other items worth over Rs. 12.37 crore have been misused by franchisees in collusion with fair price shop owners and food inspectors. The revelation comes as a huge embarrassment to the State government, which has been claiming time and again that it has made the Aadhaar-linked system foolproof.

Bengaluru district tops the list in generating maximum number of illegal coupons. In one case, as many as 470 coupons were generated in the name of a single person - Rajesh. His Aadhaar number was misused for the purpose.
As many as 35,368 illegal coupons were generated in Bengaluru Urban district by authorized franchisees in August. It was followed by 28,145 coupons in Hubballi-Dharwad, 20,138 in Kalaburagi, 17,503 in Tumakuru, 13,383 in Mysuru, 8,200 in Kolar, 6,662 in Vijayapura, 4,369 in Bagalkot, 3,600 in Ramanagara, 2,359 in Belagavi, 1,973 in Bidar, 1,023 in Ballari and 1,173 coupons in Mandya districts. However, no such irregularities were reported from Udupi, Chitradurga, Hassan and Uttara Kannada.
The Food and Civil Supplies Department provides a User ID and password to the franchisees, which they misuse to generate bogus coupons.

“The department has taken strict action against all the franchisees and fair price shops indulging in foul play. They have lost their licences and have been booked under relevant sections of the Essential Commodities Act, the Karnataka Essential Commodities (Public Distribution System) Public Control Order, 1992 and Section 420, 468 and 471 of IPC,” said Harsh Gupta, Secretary, Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs.
Such illegal coupons cannot be generated further, he added.

On the alleged involvement of food inspectors in the fraud, he said; “Officials are not involved in generating illegal coupons. However, their role in creation of bogus ration cards cannot be ruled out completely. We are probing the same and suitable action will be taken.”

The fraud came to light when department officials were informed of the irregularities committed by franchisees.
On verifying the details available in the computers used by the Photo Bio-Centre (PBC) of  franchisees, creation of unauthorized coupons was unearthed.