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

Friday, May 25, 2018

13583 - 99% individuals have Aadhaar cards, 93% have bank accounts: CMS report - TNN


Dipak K Dash | TNN | May 21, 2018, 23:09 IST

NEW DELHI: About 99% of persons interviewed in a study across 13 states early this year said they had Aadhaar number, 97% had mobile phone and 93% had a savings bank account.

The study has also found how six in every 10 households surveyed had internet facility and a minimum of one-third of them used digital mode for cash transfer at least once in the past one year. 

The 12th round of the study carried out by Centre for Media Studies (CMS) also shows 10% households claiming that they regularly opt for digital payment. Cashless transaction was high in Gujarat followed by Maharashtra and Delhi, according to survey, which covered 2,000 households including from 200 rural and urban clusters. 

The findings are out at a time when the government is pushing hard for more financial transactions through digital mode and increasing digital literacy. “More than 60% of the households, across socio-economic categories, reported using internet facilities. States where internet facilities are used by a high percentage of households include Gujarat (99%), Maharashtra (94%), Delhi (84%) and Bihar(81%). While in West Bengal less than one-fourth are using internet facilities,” the report said. 

This was for the first time the CMS study covered digital inclusion part.

According to the report, around one-fifth of respondents said they opt for digital payment “once in a while”. It said, “More cashless transaction, using digital methods was reported in Gujarat (82%) followed by Maharashtra (75%) and Delhi (55%). In Telangana and Bihar too, nearly 40% used digital payment methods on one or more occasions,” the report said.

Interestingly, the study findings have also highlighted the security concerns of digital payment gateway. About 10% of the households have said they received call from unknown persons fraudulently trying to take ATM password or PIN over phone at least once in the past one year.


The “Corruption Study 2018” had found that three-fourth of households surveyed had said corruption in public services had increased or remained the same during the last one year.