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, May 5, 2017

11242 - Power minister’s suggestion to states: ‘Link electricity connection with Aadhaar, bank account’ - Indian Express

With power being a state subject, the state governments will take the final decision on the matter.

Written by Deepak Patel | New Delhi | Published:May 4, 2017 1:08 am

Union Minuster Piyush Goyal. (File Photo)
In a closed-door meeting with state power ministers at New Delhi on Wednesday, power minister Piyush Goyal suggested his state counterparts to link consumers’ electricity connections with their Aadhaar cards and bank accounts so that there is no room for bribery and bill collections become easier. “The (power) minister told us to make sure that electricity connections are linked with Aadhaar. He added that we should seed the bank account of that consumer with Aadhaar too, so that it becomes easier to collect bills,” said a senior government official of a southern state, who was present at the meeting, on the condition of anonymity.
With power being a state subject, the state governments will take the final decision on the matter. Centre only plays an advisory role in such matters. The ministers and officials of almost all states and Union territories — except Mizoram — were present at the quarterly conference of power, renewable energy and mines in New Delhi. The two-day conference will end on Thursday. One state power minister told The Indian Express: “He (Goyal) said the move will give a push to non-cash economy. He also said that there will be no chance of bribery and overcharging once the seeding is done.” Another state power minister also confirmed the development. Union power ministry’s spokesperson did not respond to emailed queries by The Indian Express.
According to Unique Identification Authority of India, Aadhaar seeding is a process by which unique identification numbers (UIDs) of residents are “accurately included in the service delivery database of service providers for enabling Aadhaar-based authentication during service delivery”. The proposed move is in line with Centre’s push for digitisation and Aadhaar seeding in several departments. As per the agenda of the conference, the state ministers would also dwell over concerns on cyber security and digital payments.
Currently, the Supreme Court is hearing a petition against the government’s decision to link Aadhaar card with PAN (permanent account number) card. The Centre on Tuesday defended in the apex court its decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for PAN and also for filing tax returns, citing that it was done to curb the use of fake PAN cards. Moreover, in March, the Centre instructed telecom operators to do Aadhaar-based re-verification of all existing subscribers of mobile services. “…All licencees shall re-verify all existing mobile subscribers (pre-paid and postpaid) through Aadhaar-based eKYC process…,” a notification issued by the telecom department stated.
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