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, January 20, 2017

10704 - Aadhaar-linked DBT  rollout may be delayed - Deccan Herald

P M Raghunandan, Bengaluru: Dec 11, 2016, DHNS

The state government’s plan to roll out Aadhaar-based direct benefit transfer system for disbursing social security pensions and wages under the employment guarantee scheme is likely to be delayed by at least six months. 

Reason: Nationalised banks are refusing to link beneficiaries’ bank accounts with their Unique Identification Numbers (UIN or Aaadhar) without their consent. The banks have asked the government to furnish the consent letter of each beneficiary under these schemes to link bank accounts with their Aadhaar numbers – which is key for introducing Aadhaar-linked direct benefit transfer (DBT) system. 

The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, which came into effect from September this year, has made it mandatory to take the beneficiaries’ consent to use their Aadhaar details. Aadhaar-based DBT is aimed at preventing misuse of subsidy schemes. 

Karnataka has over 56 lakh beneficiaries under 13 different social security pension schemes and about 62 lakh active job card holders under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme. Currently, pensions and wages are being deposited to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts (non-Aadhaar) through the electronic fund transfer system, sources in the government said.

The Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) department and Directorate of Social Security Pensions (DSSP) had been making preparations to introduce Aadhaar-based DBT for over a year. They had collected Aadhaar number and bank accounts data of majority of the beneficiaries, and the banks had also taken up the linking exercise without the permission of the beneficiaries, the sources said. 

With the Aadhaar Act coming into effect recently, the banks have stopped the exercise of linking and asked the government to furnish individual consent letters. 

“We have asked the government to furnish the consent letters for linking bank accounts with Aadhaar numbers. Using one’s Aadhaar data without one’s consent is illegal as per the Aadhaar Act,” Assistant General Manager, State Level Banks’ Committee H K Suresh said. 

DSSP Director D R Ashok said the government has now issued direction to all tahasildars and village accounts across the state to obtain the consent letters from the beneficiaries of these schemes on priority. “We have circulated a standard format for obtaining the consent. It is true that obtaining the consent letter from every beneficiary is a huge task. But we have no other option but to follow the Act,” he added. 

However, the government is still clueless on the validity of bank accounts that have been already linked to Aadhaar number (with out the consent). It has so far not issued any instruction to officials in this regard. About 14 lakh social security pension beneficiaries and about 19 lakh MGNREG beneficiaries’ bank accounts are already linked with Aadhaar number.

DH News Service