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

10725 - Rural jobs hit, government wary - THE ASIAN AGE

Published : Dec 14, 2016, 3:07 am IST

Eye on polls, Centre seeks to soften note ban impact.

After note ban, there has been a slump of 23 per cent in employment generation through the MGNREGA as compared to the month of October. (Representational image)

New Delhi: With Assembly elections in five crucial states early next year, the Centre is scurrying to mitigate the debilitating effect demonetisation has had on rural workers dependent on the national job guarantee scheme. The government is gearing up to provide Aadhaar-enabled payment systems to MGNREGA workers.

Most rural workers are not only illiterate, but also lack access to digital economy. Some even do not have basic mobile phones, leave alone smartphones. Thus Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surgical strike on black money has dealt a body blow to these workers.

Data shows that there has been a slump of 23 per cent in employment generation through the MGNREGA post-demonetisation as compared to the previous month. Those who could not manage to get jobs under this scheme jumped to 23.40 lakh, almost twice the number in October.

A worried Union government is now chalking out a plan to ensure Aadhaar-enabled benefits transfer to such workers.
“Moving money into their bank accounts is not the problem. The issue is how these workers withdraw money in this time of cash crunch. Thus we are looking at various options to facilitate this,” a top official of the rural development ministry told this newspaper.

“Traditionally there has always been a slump in MGNREGA in October-November, it is true that this year it has been more,” the official, who did not wish to be named, said.

Following the demonetisation, a high-level meeting was called by the rural development ministry which was attended by Niti Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant. Chief Secretaries of all states and most district magistrates were also consulted through video-conferencing.

The plan is to provide point of sale machines at all PDS shops from where food items can be bought through bio-metric scanning and handing out micro-ATMs to banking correspondents called Bank Sakhis to dispense door to door cash.

There are around 10.88 crore active MGNREGA workers out of whom only 3.7 crore have their bank accounts linked with Aadhaar. “We have requested that the process to verify and link the rest nearly 7.5 crore accounts of MGNREGA workers should move faster,” the official said.