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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

11018 - Oppn punches holes in Aadhaar scheme - Outlook

10 APRIL 2017  Last Updated at 5:07 PM

New Delhi, Apr 10 Punching holes in the Aadhaar scheme, the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha today said it was based on unverified data and violated the Supreme Court order that it should not be made mandatory for schemes which are not linked to subsidies
New Delhi, Apr 10 Punching holes in the Aadhaar scheme, the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha today said it was based on unverified data and violated the Supreme Court order that it should not be made mandatory for schemes which are not linked to subsidies.

They also raised concern over data integrity and privacy issues while attacking the government for using the Aadhaar system to "exclude" the beneficiaries for delivery of subsidies and claiming to have made huge government savings.

Just before a short duration debate on Aadhaar started in the Upper House, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government saved about Rs 50,000 crore LPG subsidy due to the linking of Aadhaar card with Jhan Dhan accounts.

"The World Bank and a UN body have clearly stated that the extraordinary technological innovation of India needs to be followed by the world. Surely they (UPA government) started it, but after improvements, it is showing results and the benefits have to be considered objectively," he said.

The Aadhaar scheme was started by the UPA government. "Now there is a robust legisation that has laid down the entire format of how the biometric data will be collected, processed, stored and under what terms and conditions will it be used," Prasad said.
If there is unauthorised use of Aadhar card details, the law provides for prosecution and punishment for up to 3 years, he added.

Initiating the debate, Rajeev Chandrashekar (Ind) expressed concern over fake aadhaar cards, data integrity and privacy issues and also exclusion of subsidies by making it mandatory.

He said he was not against the Aadhaar system but the risks and problems need to be addressed by the government. The government should not take a "rigid position".

On fake Aadhaar cards, Chandrashekar said the government has inherited "100 crore unverified database" created prior to bringing the law in 2016.

These 100 crore entries do not come under the section 303 of the Aadhaar Act. The section provides for issue of Aadhar card only after verification, he said.

"What has Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) done to comply with section 303 for all Aadhaar entries prior to 2016? 
...Who is responsible for verifying these 100 crore entries before it is used as identity for elections, bank accounts and entering the airports for CISF?"

When there is "clear evidence" of fake Aadhaar, he sought to know what safeguards the UIDAI had taken before permitting Aadhaar for use as an identification beyond delivering subsidies. "This needs to be answered," he said.

congress leader Jairam Ramesh attacked the government for violating Supreme Court orders which clearly outlined where to use Aadhaar. Making it mandatory beyond subsidies is in gross violation of the SC orders, he said.

Expressing grave concern over implementation of the scheme, he said making Aadhaar mandatory for availing subsidies was resulting in exclusion of beneficiaries and the government cannot claim to have saved huge subsidies by this. (More)
Elaborating on implementation issues, Ramesh said the
government claims to have saved Rs 49,000 crore LPG subsidies by linking with Aadhaar but a CAG report has debunked this in a recent report.

The CAG has found that 92 per cent of the savings in LPG subsidy was due to fall in global crude oil prices and not due to Aadhaar seeding, he said, adding that similar was the case with food subidy, old-age pension and MNREGA.

"You must have had some savings, but saying it was around Rs 50,000 crore subsidy is mind-boggling," Ramesh said, adding that PDS, old-age pension and MNREGA were three schemes where maximum exclusion was taking place.

Citing PDS data of Rajasthan, he said 26 per cent of beneficiaries could not draw PDS wheat last month and "that is exclusion and not savings".

In case of MNREGA, officials are so much under pressure to achieve 100 per cent Aadhaar seeding that workers are denied of wages. For example in Chitradurga district in Karnataka, Rs 10-15 crores of wages are not paid on time as local functioneries are busy with Aadhaar seeding, he added.
Ramesh urged the government to revisit the amendments which he had moved last year when the Aadhaar bill was listed for passage in the Rajya Sabha.

There are many petitions pending on this issue. "I hope at some stage, the Supreme Court would bring finality to this issue," he said.

Participating in the debate, Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe (BJP) said that the Congress was not only nostalgic about it but is now indulging in "political paranoia".

Some kind of identity is required at a time when there are corruption and security issues. So far, 115 crore people have Aadhaar cards, he said.

The government has saved subsidies in the last few years, not because of exclusion but by curbing duplicate beneficiaries, he said, adding that those opposing implemenation of Aadhaar are "big ATM and hawala lobbies".

Participating in the discussion, Ravi Prakash Verma (SP) alleged that the government was using Aadhaar as a tool for revenue realisation.

"You are dreaming of a cashless society by effecting cash transfers into BPL accounts. You have linked Aadhaar to income tax returns and bank accounts. This will help in revenue realisation. Government is taking the help of this tool for revenue realisation," he said.

Attacking the government, Verma said "You have launched not only economic reforms but administrative and judicial reforms as well."
A Navaneethakrishnan (AIADMK) raised objections against direct benefit transfer to beneficiaries' bank accounts under Public Distribution System (PDS).

He said the poor will tend to buy items other than essentials for which the money is being transferred into their account.
Derek O Brien (AITC) criticised the government for using Aadhaar for various schemes like MGNREGA and mid-day meal schemes. He said that in case of stone workers and other labourers, the biometrics often do not match and the people were being harassed unduly, especially for the mid-day meal scheme.

C P Narayanan (CPI-M) opined that Aadhaar should not be made mandatory for availing benefits by the citizens. He said that there is data of 100 crore people under Aadhaar with private companies and they should not make profit from this wealth of huge data.

D Raja (CPI) pointed towards the UIDAI tie-up with some US based information technology firms which have been working closely with US intelligence agencies. He also said that Aadhaar should not be made mandatory for mid day meal scheme.