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

Saturday, December 24, 2016

10618 - Plans afoot to prohibit govt from making Aadhaar mandatory for welfare access - - Nyooz

JAIPUR: The Supreme Court has reiterated at least six times that the Centre cannot make Aadhaar mandatory for access to welfare services. Even so the government continues to insist that people have an Aadhaar card before they can avail welfare services, leading to mass exclusion from such essential services as ration, pension and even healthcare. On Wednesday, citizens groups from across the country took stock of the situation and decided to "come together to resist the undemocratic and unlawful decision taken by the Union of India, of insisting on citizens having Aadhaar to claim their services". The Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Soocha and Rozgar Abhiyan, Pension Parishad, Delhi Solidarity Group, Satark Nagrik Sangthan, organizations representing fishermen in Kerala were all represented at the meeting on November 16 in New Delhi.The group plans to "support and work towards a series of public actions such as state and national public hearings, developing and publicizing correct information on the implications of Aadhaar, including through a website for building awareness on the issue, conduct micro studies on the impact of 
Aadhaar on welfare delivery etc. to present the actual impact, which is in complete contrast with the narrative of 'efficiency' that the State continues to propagate," the group said in a press release issued on Thursday."Shankar Singh of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Rajasthan, said that based on recent government figures, it had emerged that of the approximately 68 lakh pensioners availing old age, widow, and disability pensions in the state, the government had cancelled pensions of approximately seven lakh people, and temporarily stopped the pensions of approximately three lakh people. Out of these, nearly two lakh accounts had been suspended, as the account holders had been declared as having died. However, upon field verification conducted by MKSS in one Gram Panchayat alone (Kushalpura Gram Panchayat, Bhim Block), it was found that 21 out of the 44 pensioners declared dead by the administration, were in fact alive. Most disturbingly, four old age pensioners actually died after their pensions were inexplicably stopped and before the error could be rectified. Forced to act on the basis of this limited data, the administration re-examined the data for the entire state, and after this verification, 1309 of the 3729 pension accounts cancelled earlier, in Bhim block alone, were restarted," the press release said.The group found that in August, only about 63.5 lakh of total approximately 99.7 lakh people in Rajasthan were able to get their ration grains after biometric authentication. "Despite such a high failure rate, the Government of Rajasthan continues to deny the extraordinary rates of e...

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