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

Monday, January 16, 2017

10683 - Candidates cry foul as e-Aadhaar held invalid for NEET-PG exam - TNN

Ranjana Diggikar | TNN | Updated: Dec 6, 2016, 07.23 AM IST

AURANGABAD: A number of candidates from Marathwada appearing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-PG) here were shocked when the examination centre rejected their e-Aadhaar as identity proof. 

The authorities at the Aurangabad NEET-PG exam centre said they were issued a directive by the National Board of Examinations (NBE), two days after the exams started, that e-Aadhaar would be considered invalid. TOI has a copy of the directive. When this reporter visited the examination centre, the notice board over there did not say anything about e-Aadhaar. 

The NEET-PG, a qualifying-cum-ranking examination for admission to MD/MS/Post Graduate Diploma courses for 2017 admission session, which started on November 30, will continue till December 13. 

Some students and their parents said how can e-Aadhaar be rejected when the Union government has endorsed its validity as proof of identity. They said that they were not even informed by the NBE that e-Aadhaar would be considered invalid. 

Aurangabad has been allotted an exam centre at Pro Skills Consulting Pvt Ltd at the Beed bypass, near Renuka Mata Mandir, for student from Marathwada. 

Abhishek Rapte, a Nanded student appearing for NEET-MD exam, said that it was a huge loss for his career as his two years' efforts were wasted. "The NBE had allowed me to appear for the DBM entrance exam in June 2016. The NEET-PG admit card issued by NBE did not mention that e-Aadhaar would be considered invalid," he said, 

"Since I came all the way from Nanded, I had no chance to go back and get another identity proof. This apathetic attitude of the board has ruined my career," he said. 

Komal Kagde-Takle of Aurangabad, who wanted to appear for the MDS exam, was also among those turned away from the exam centre for the same reason on December 3 because she produced the e-Aadhaar. 

Komal's husband, Pandurang Takle, said "It is strange that the examination board did not give any specific instructions about e-Aadhaar. My wife has not yet received the hard copy of Aadhar card. The e-Aadhaar is digitally signed using certificate issued by NIC as per IT Act, 2000." 

However, Pandurang Takle, who is appearing for the MD exam on December 13, has received an SMS about the identity proofs that will be accepted. "Only after receiving many complaints, the board sent an SMS to me stating that NEET-PG candidates should bring one of the following as ID proof: driving license, PAN card, original photo bearing Aadhaar card only (e-Aadhaar ID or computer print outs of Aadhar not accepted)." 

He added: "My wife did not receive any such message from the board before the exam. I have shot a complaint letter to the PMO and demanded justice." 

Nitin Naikwade of Nanded, who came to appear for the MD entrance exam on Monday, said his e-aadhar card was also rejected. "There were no such instructions by the board and I e-Aadhaar would be accepted," he said, adding that it is ridiculous as about 10 students hailing from different parts of the region were not allowed to appear for the exam for the same reason. 

Amruta Loya, who had come all the way from Jalna, said she too had not received any instructions about the e-Aadhaar. She said that she pleaded with the exam co-ordinators to allow her to appear for the exams stating that her parents were on their way to Aurangabad from Jalna with other ID proofs. "However, by the time my parents reached the centre, the time to enter the examination hall was over and all efforts proved futile," she said with tears in her eyes. 

Amruta's father Kailash Loya, who is a public prosecutor, said, "This is unfair. The students are harassed for no fault of theirs. We will drag the board to the court and seek justice." Takle also echoed his views. 

"The centre received the directive from the board a couple of days after the exam commenced on November 30. On that particular day, we had to turn away a student with e-Aadhar mid-way of her exam," said Jagdish Wathar, NBE appraiser. 


What the govt circular says 

* A Resident Portal will enable citizens to download their e-aadhaar from UIDAI website 

* Common service centers in states will help citizens in providing e-aadhaar 

* e-aadhaar is to be treated as a valid document that it has been digitally certified 


Latest Comment
Is any one filing case? I am from tamilnadu and I was also rejected as I had only e aadhar card. If anyone has filed a petition please say. My number is 8015651159
Divakar Jose

NEET-PG is an eligibility-cum-ranking examination prescribed as the single entrance examination to various MD/MS and PG diploma courses as per section (10) of Indian Medical Council Act 1956.

No other entrance exam, either at state or institution level, will be valid for entry to MD/MS/PG diploma courses