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 scholar Usha Ramanathan describes 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


Here is what the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, which examined the draft N I A Bill said.

1. There is no feasibility study of the project]

2. The project was approved in haste

3. The system has far-reaching consequences for national security

4. The project is directionless with no clarity of purpose

5. It is built on unreliable and untested technology

6. The exercise becomes futile in case the project does not continue beyond the present number of 200 million enrolments

7. There is lack of coordination and difference of views between various departments and ministries of government on the project


What was said before the elections:

NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi

"I don't agree to Nandan Nilekeni and his madcap (UID) scheme which he is trying to promote," Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha, Sept 2012

"All we have to show for the hundreds of thousands of crore spent on Aadhar is a Congress ticket for Nilekani" Yashwant Sinha.(27/02/2014)

TV Mohandas Pai, former chief financial officer and head of human resources, tweeted: "selling his soul for power; made his money in the company wedded to meritocracy." Money Life Article

Nilekani’s reporting structure is unprecedented in history; he reports directly to the Prime Minister, thus bypassing all checks and balances in government - Home Minister Chidambaram

To refer to Aadhaar as an anti corruption tool despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is mystifying. That it is now officially a Rs.50,000 Crores solution searching for an explanation is also without any doubt. -- Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP & Member, Standing Committee on Finance

Finance minister P Chidambaram’s statement, in an exit interview to this newspaper, that Aadhaar needs to be re-thought completely is probably the last nail in its coffin. :-) Financial Express

The Rural Development Ministry headed by Jairam Ramesh created a road Block and refused to make Aadhaar mandatory for making wage payment to people enrolled under the world’s largest social security scheme NRGA unless all residents are covered.

Friday, May 12, 2017

11327 - From July 1, draw ration from any fair price shop - Tribune

Ration cards to be linked with Aadhaar-based biometric identification

Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies Karan Dev Kamboj speaks at a meeting of department officials and representatives of panchayati raj institutions in Kurukshetra on Wednesday. PHOTO: SATISH SETH

A new beginning
  • Every fair price shop will have PoS device with connectivity to Aadhaar-based biometric identification of beneficiaries.
  • The automated system will help root out corruption from PDS and benefit nearly 30 lakh poor families and 1.30 crore beneficiaries.
  • The system will capture every transaction in the fair price shop and also provides SMS alerts in Hindi to the beneficiary.
  • There are nearly 9,300 fair price shops and 82 per cent of the total ration cards have been linked to Aadhaar.
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh/Kurukshetra, May 10
From July 1, public distribution system (PDS) consumers will be able to draw their ration from any depot in any part of the state.

This will be made possible by automation of all fair price shops (FPS) which has already been successfully launched in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Hisar, Bhiwani and Panchkula districts from May 1. Consumers in these districts can draw their ration from any depot.

Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Karan Dev Kamboj stated this while presiding over a meeting of senior officers of the department and representatives of the Panchayati Raj Institutes (PRIs) in Kurukshetra today.

“The FPS automation has been initiated to bring transparency in the PDS and prevent corruption at ration depots,” he said, adding that under the system, all ration cards would be linked with Aadhaar and the consumer would be able to get his ration from any depot in any part of the state.

Besides, the consumers would also get SMS alerts in Hindi on their registered mobile numbers. They would be able to get information related to transportation of grains and their arrival at depots through SMS while sitting at home, he said.

Kamboj said the initiative was part of the IT solution involving provisioning of point of sale (PoS) device at every fair price shop with connectivity to ensure Aadhaar-based biometric identification of the beneficiaries.

Sources said there were about 9,300 fair price shops in the state and these would be equipped with PoS devices. The automated system would benefit nearly 30 lakh poor families and 1.30 crore beneficiaries in the state, said an official.

Kamboj said the PoS device was integrated with the Aadhaar database and e-PDS which captures every transaction in the fair price shop on a real-time basis.

Additional Chief Secretary SS Prasad said 82 per cent of the total ration cards had been linked to the Aadhaar under the Aadhaar seeding of the targeted public distribution system.

He urged the PRI members to motivate people to furnish required details to bring efficiency and transparency in the PDS.