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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

12790 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 27th January 2018

The Asian Age
Meanwhile, the media has reported unfortunate cases of starvation deaths of poor people after having been denied subsidised ration due to their failing biometrics or non-availability of Aadhaar cards. A Google search indicates that India has an estimated 78 million homeless (including 11 million street ...

Hindustan Times
These avoidable implementation challenges on account of Aadhaar can be significantly resolved by a clear legal articulation of permissible uses of Aadhaar through suitable amendments to Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act. It is also crucial that RBI and other regulators address instances where providers ...

India Today
As India on Friday celebrated its 69th Republic Day, the countdown has begun for the build-up to the 2019 General Elections. Today on India Today -- Should Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial be banned amid Karni Sena protests? Will Ram Mandir be an election issue in 2019? What do people feel ...

Times of India
"Syntizen is a startup company in the business of Aadhaar. We provide Aadhaar Services to different organizations by helping them to authenticate their customers using UIDAI Ecosystem. We do not have any information about the FIR. We have not received any communication neither from UIDAI nor ...

The Hindu
The exercise of Bhoo-Aadhaar, in which a unique identification number is given to each landholding, will commence for the first time in the State in Jaggayyapeta mandal and Vuyyuru municipality in the last week of January. After reviewing police parade and hoisting national flag during the 69th ...

The New Indian Express
CHENNAI: Indane Gas, the largest domestic LPG provider in Chennai, has frozen connections of customers who have apparently not provided their Aadhaar details despite an extension of the deadline for linking the unique identity number (UID) with domestic gas connections to March 31. Customers' ...

The Hindu
District Collector S. Prabhakar has asked the public to use the services of 10 permanent enrolment centres functioning in the district for carrying out corrections in their Aadhaar cards. A press release from the collector said that Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited (ELCOT) had established ...

Aadhaar can be used as proof of identity at many places. It is even mandatory for several schemes. Hence it is essential that your information in the Aadhaar database is kept updated. You can do it online, but for this, your mobile number has to be registered with the UIDAI. In case your mobile number ...

The Indian Express
The Unique ID number (UID)/Aadhaar) provides the base for a comprehensive reform of India's welfare expenditure system. Elements of this have already been put in place, through the conversion of LPG and 84 schemes across 17 departments using DBT. A comprehensive reform will ensure that every ...

The Statesman
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte praised India's Unique Identification Number (UID) or Aadhaar and expressed interest in the system. Preeti Saran, MEA's secretary, said on Thursday, 25 January, that the Philippines President was “keen on financial inclusion and fighting corruption” in his country.

ATM Marketplace (press release) (blog)
By disintermediating traditional interchanges and riding on less expensive bank rails, Aadhaar-based person-to-merchant payments lower processing fees and promote higher merchant uptake. The service uses Aadhaar — a unique national identity number issued by the government to every citizen ...

Those who want to apply for tatkal passport need to submit Aadhaar card/Aadhaar allotment letter/e-Aadhaar containing the 12-digit Aadhaar number/28-digit Aadhaar enrolment ID printed on the Aadhaar enrolment slip issued by Unique Identification Authority of India. This holds good for those above ...

Announcing an initiative by CSC on women's health and hygiene 'Stree Swabhiman', Prasad lauded efforts of the Village Level Entrepreneurs or VLEs in offering services like Aadhaar, banking, insurance and promoting digital literacy in rural India. 'Stree Swabhiman' aims to create a sustainable model ...

The Hans India
Meanwhile, plans are afoot to introduce Aadhaar based darshan and Arjitha Sevas of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy on Tirumala, to provide darshan to the ... Based on Aadhaar card, first preference will be given to the devotees who did not have darshan of the Lord so far and even once in a year.

Jakarta Post
She said the reforms introduced to fight corruption in India was of interest to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who particularly showed interest in the Aadhaar system, digital economy and cashless transactions. “It was another issue of interest for Singapore who would like to go more and more into ...

Business Today
The UWIN Card would have unique number which would be seeded with Aadhaar to provide all benefits of social security schemes at one stop, he added. "Labour Code on Social Security and Welfare is at the consultation stage and could be a reality by the time registration of informal workers is ...

Times of India
The ration supply is a critical lifeline and hence the Aadhaar card is dearer than life. The village eats what they grow and only sell the produce for buying salt and cooking oil. Sugar and milk are unheard of daily need commodities. Daily wage work means either labouring in someone's field or going out ...

Times of India
The smart card will be linked with aadhaar card," said Kataria. The Delhi government has notified the rules for formation of vending committee and Kataria said that the civic body will speed up the process. "We will speed up the process to identify the total number of vendors and accordingly the sites will ...

Financial Express
Meanwhile, on January 24, the Cambodian prime minister met India's Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss digital initiatives undertaken by India including soil health card as well as the flagship biometric project Aadhaar. After the 30-long minute meeting, Prasad said that India ...

Times of India
She told police the bag contained property documents, bank passbook, ATM card, driving licence, PAN card and Aadhaar card and also Rs one lakh cash. Police said the auto driver chased the bike, but he failed to catch up with them. "Prima facie the drive looks innocent, but we can't rule out anything at ...