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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

10885 - Aadhaar mandate disrupting welfare schemes: Dreze

RANCHI Updated: Mar 05, 2017 12:30 Ist


RANCHI: Renowned economist Jean Dreze on Friday criticised the mandate of having an Aadhaar number for availing of government’s welfare facilities claiming that the compulsion was disrupting several welfare schemes instead of making them more effective.

Aadhaar has been made compulsory for a growing number of welfare schemes — midday meal (MDM) is the latest in the list. The government of India has made it mandatory for children to have an Aadhaar number for availing of free lunch facility in schools.

“The real purpose of imposing Aadhaar on welfare schemes seems to be to put pressure on people to enrol,” a press communique from Dreze said.

“It is for the same reason that Aadhaar is now being made compulsory for midday meals — to accelerate the enrolment of children under Aadhaar,” the communique added.

In all, around 120 million students in the country are served food under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’s midday meal scheme, said to be the biggest such government-sponsored programme in the world.

The Centre is also working on making all ration shops Aadhaar-enabled and has made it compulsory to have an Aadhaar for availing of public distribution facilities, which is largely affecting below poverty line families across the country, say right to food activists.

The compulsion of enrolling in the Aadhaar scheme to avail of welfare facilities is also in conflict with the Supreme Court directive which said that Aadhaar was only a “voluntary facility”, highlighted Dreze.

“The Aadhaar card scheme is purely voluntary and it cannot be made mandatory till the matter is finally decided by this court one way or the other,” the apex court said on September 23, 2016.

Jharkhand-based right to food activist Balram, who goes by one name, said the mandate of linking every beneficiary to Aadhaar was causing major problems in the rural areas since the state and people weren’t technologically advanced enough to use Aadhaar-based processes without hurdles.

“Many beneficiaries of welfare schemes here have been denied facilities in the absence of Aadhaar enrolment. The government is now linking schools and even health facilities to Aadhaar, which will deprive several beneficiaries of the facilities they should be ideally getting,” he said.
“We are not against technology, but it shouldn’t be forced onto people in haste,” added Balram.