Aadhaar

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

12796 - No Aadhaar, no LPG refill in Chennai as oil firms jump gun on deadline - Indian Express

By Samuel Merigala  |  Express News Service  |   Published: 27th January 2018 02:25 AM  |  

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’ requests for refills are being registered by distributors only after they link their Aadhaar numbers.

Distributors claim connections of customers who had not linked their Aadhaar by Dec 31, 2017, the previously mandated deadline, have been frozen by the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and refill requests can be processed only once the accounts are released.

However, IOC denied locking connections of customers who haven’t submitted Aadhaar details. “Only customers who have not submitted Know Your Customer (KYC) details cannot get refills,” said S Kumar, chief area manager, Chennai, IOC, adding that distributors can unblock connections after getting the KYC details.
Distributors, however, say they have no control over freezing and releasing of accounts and only in very few cases are they able to do it with just KYC details.“Despite the new deadline (Mar 31), the system asks for Aadhaar to unblock connections,” claimed S Kamalakannan, manager of an Indane outlet in Thiruvanmiyur, who adds that nearly 30 people come to his office every day regarding this.

Sharun Ichigo, a resident of Adambakkam, says his connection remains blocked even after giving his KYC to the gas agency at Maduvankarai twice. “My mom got a message that our connection was blocked because we did not link Aadhaar. She replied saying the deadline has been extended to Mar 31 but has not got a reply,” he said. The manager at Sabha Gas agency, Maduvankarai, says over 1,000 accounts have been blocked and customers might not get relief by just filling KYC forms.

Hindustan Petroleum, another gas provider, has also been insisting on Aadhaar linkage but has let customers buy cylinders without subsidy if they haven’t provided Aadhaar details.
“We are only asking for KYC forms from customers who are yet to receive their Aadhar card,” said D Suresh, head of the customer service, Chennai region.
Thousands in Karnataka affected


Thousands of LPG customers in Karnataka had connections blocked apparently because they didn’t link Aadhaar. IOC officials said Indane customers were not allowed to book new cylinders post-January 1. On why the SC’s extension of the deadline was not followed, he said the company circular was final
All well in Hyderabad: HPCL official

In Hyderabad, officials say no LPG connections have been terminated so far for non-submission of KYC and  Aadh-aar details. HPCL officials clarified that LPG connections would not be terminated. “It does not concern us if KYC & Aadhaar are not linked,” a company official added