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

11196 - Prasad quotes Rajiv Gandhi to highlight NDA govt's achievement - DNA

Prasad quotes Rajiv Gandhi to highlight NDA govt's achievement

Sat, 29 Apr 2017-05:46pm , PTI

The use of technology by the NDA government has ensured that every paisa reaches the intended beneficiary, unlike the situation when even Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had conceded that only 15 paise out of a rupee reached them, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed today.

He said the government has been able to save Rs 50,000 crore in the past two years with the help of technology, by linking Jan Dhan accounts with mobile phones and Aadhaar cards.

"One Prime Minister once said if I send Rs 1 from Delhi, then only 15 paise reaches the village. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had said this, but now when we send Rs 100, it goes directly into the account of the poor and he gets Rs 100," the minister claimed during his address at the two-day National Meet of Para Legal Volunteers here.

Noting that 28 crore Jan Dhan accounts for the poor have been opened, he said these have connected to their mobile phones and Aadhaar cards. "Gas subisdy, ration subsidy, kerosene subsidy, MNREGA payments are all being sent directly to their bank accounts and we have saved Rs 50,000 crore in past two years."

Highlighting the use of technology for delivery of justice to the poore, Prasad said the time is changing fast and with changing times, technology has to be adapted for also ensuring access to justice.

"Techonolgy is very important tool in the administration of justice. In a country of 125 crore people, 108 crore people have mobile phones, in which 35 crore smart phone which will very fast reach 50 crore figure," Prasad, who also holds the portfolio of Ministry of Information Technology, said.

"Till we are not able to deliver justice, we will not be able to strengthen the pillars of our democracy," he said.

He said that government has opened common service centres (CSCs) in 1000 Panchayats of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and 800 such centres will be opened up in Kashmir and North East as part of the pilot project.

"The district legal service authority officials, with the help of video conferencing facility, can talk to the people and advise them on how to get justice," he said.

Observing that legal aid "should come from the heart, not for publicity and should come from committment and dedication", Prasad said the government was trying to have pro-bono lawyers at every state, districts, sub-division and blocks".
The scheme has started only ten days ago and around 50-60 people have registered their names so far, he said, adding that another scheme, called Nyaya Mitra, has been recently launched under which a retired judicial officer would help disposal of 10 year-old pending cases by coordinating with the police, judiciary and the victim.

(This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)