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

10638 - Now, Aadhaar to track faculty attendance in medical colleges - TNN

Prabeerkumar Sikdar | TNN | Nov 24, 2016, 09.23 AM IST

HYDERABAD: A new circular issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI) has left staffers at around two dozen private and government medical colleges in the state rattled. In the circular, MCI has directed all faculty members of these colleges to register with their Aadhaar card details to facilitate the installation of biometric fingerprint attendance machines in their respective colleges.

The order is certain to hit both government as well as private medical colleges. In the case of government colleges, faculty members often leave before the official 4 pm deadline to attend to their lucrative private practices, sources said. The new measure will immediately bring down the absentee count in these institutions, they said. However, the order will have the strongest impact on private medical colleges as 30-40% of their fa culty comprise either `ghost teachers' (they remain only on paper) or guest faculty hired to teach medicos on certain days of the week, sources added.

"Once the Aadhaar card details of faculty members are linked to the biometric attendance devices, the system of ghost medical faculty in private medical colleges will automatically be wiped out," said Dr K Ramesh Reddy , member, Medical Council of India (MCI). Warning doctors, who allow private colleges to use their names as `ghost faculty', of serious consequences, Dr Reddy said that such instances can be easily tracked down by the MCI now. "Such lapses will be treated as unethical acts and the MCI, as punishment, can debar such doctors from practising," he added.

The new system was welcomed by Telangana Junior Doctors' Association state president Dr G Srinivas, who said that it would specially help medicos pursuing clinical courses in government medical colleges. "Many a times, undergraduate medicos face challenges as their faculty for clinical subjects like general medicine, general surgery , obstetrics and paediatrics leave the teaching hospital before 2 pm, even though they are supposed to be there till 4 pm.But the new system can prevent such practices," said Dr Srinivas.

When contacted, an office bearer of Telangana Private Medical Colleges' Association (TPMCA), on condition of anonymity , said that most of them will now face difficulty in recruiting full-time faculty as those on roll either as guest faculty or ghost faculty may not agree to share their Aadhaar card details under the new system.