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, May 1, 2017

11194 - LPG subsidy fiasco: Subsidy not credited -E-pao.net

LPG subsidy fiasco: Subsidy not credited
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, April 28 2017: 

Complaints are on the rise from LPG consumers in the State whose bank accounts are yet to be credited with the subsidy amount for booking LPG cooking gas from distributors under Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) at non-subsidised rates.

Most of the consumers claim that they have already procured cooking gas from the distributors at non subsidised rates but the subsidy amount have-not been deposited in their respective bank accounts.

They pointed out that they have already linked their Aadhaar cards, LPG ID and bank account information in order to avail the subsidies but their balance still remain unchanged.

According to an official of IOC's Imphal Divisional Retail Sales Office, the consumers have to make sure that their Aadhaar, LPG ID and bank account informations are linked properly in order to avoid any inconveniences.

He pointed out that if a consumer has not used his or her account for a period of six months, the account would become inactive and LPG subsidies would not be credited to such inactive accounts.

The official further explained that if a consumer has multiple bank accounts spread over different banks like State Bank of India (SBI) and UBI, the subsidy amount would be deposited to SBI account only, adding that not many consumers may be aware of this fact.

"Consumers must take care while linking the Aadhaar card, the 17 digit LPG ID and the bank account.

And consumers having multiple LPG connection, must have one primary connection and categorise the remaining as; secondary connections", he added. Urging the consumers to approach the IOC Imphal Office for their queries and complaints, the official pointed out that, from the total 3.32 lakhs LPG consumers present in the State, only 70 percent are Aadhaar linked.

LPG distributors in Manipur have eWallet facility through Paytm and Jiomoney.

POs facility is available in selected, distributors like RBD Indane, Misao Gas, Hrangchal, Bashikhong Indane, Sawombung Indane where debit and credit cards can be used.

"A consumer need to download the application and register' for availing the facility and a cash benefit of Rs 5 will be recieved by the LGP consumer for every refill delivery", he added.

He also stated that SMS and IVRS booking systems are also available with the distributors.

* This news is as published by respected news daily at Imphal, whose name is duly marked as 'Source'. E-Pao.net is not responsible for it's sanctity & originality.