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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

11656 - Aadhaar frenzy drives poor couple into begging - Orissa Post

July 25 2017
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Tumudibandh: Kulunga Majhi and Radamadu Majhi, a Kutia couple of Bargaon under Jhiripani panchayat in this block of Kandhamal district have been denied their old-age pension on the ground they do not have Aadhaar cards. This is so even as they live in abject poverty.

“We had been getting Rs 600 as old-age pension. Five months ago, the officer distributing pension asked us to come with our aadhaar card to get the money,” said the frail couple, adding though they went through the designated centre, after covering a distance of 4km, they were yet to get the card. Non receipt of aadhaar card has been proving to be the worst plight in their lives.

As a result, this poor couple, who lost their ailing and physically challenged son two years ago, have been deprived of any benefit from any social or food security scheme. They are not fortunate enough like others to get a house under the state or central government scheme like the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna or the Biju Pucca Ghar Yojna though they are BPL card-holders. They continue taking shelter under the roof of others, as tenants, after their lone possession, a thatched hut, came down due to lack of maintenance a couple of years ago.
They have also stopped receiving their quota of BPL rice. “We were receiving 25kg of rice on our BPL card. That has been stopped as we don’t have ration card. Now we are forced to beg for food,” sobbed Kulunga.

The government has been trying to bring the Kutia community into the social mainstream. Scheme after scheme is being launched. But they all remain meaningless for some like Kulunga and Radamadu.

When contacted, Basant Kumar Sethy, block development officer, Tumudibandha, said non-possession of Aadhaar card should not come in the way of the couple or anybody else getting old-age pension. After holding an inquiry to find out why the old-age pension has been denied to the couple, they would be provided with pension, ration card and other assistance, he said. PNN

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