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

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

13650 - No Food For 3 Days, Jharkhand Woman Allegedly Dies Of Starvation - NDTV


A woman in Jharkhand died allegedly due to starvation, daughter says officials ignored repeated requests for a ration card
All India | Edited by Debjani Chatterjee (With inputs from agencies) | Updated: June 04, 2018 13:58 IST


Woman in Jharkhand's Giridih died allegedly due to starvation,
GIRIDIH, JHARKHAND:  

58-year-old Savitri Devi had nothing to eat for three days, reportedly because she didn't have a ration card that helps the poorest access cheaper food. She allegedly starved to death on Sunday at Giridih in Jharkhand.

"Due to the negligence of authorities, her ration card could not be made, which is why she was unable to get food," a district official Sheetal Prasad told news agency ANI.

Savitri Devi's daughter-in-law Saraswati Devi said even after repeated requests for a ration card no one in the administration bothered. "She had no food since last three days...it became worse because we could not contact her," said Saraswati Devi.

Her two sons somehow manage to earn their living doing odd jobs and they often had to beg for food from villagers said neighbours. It is not clear how old Savitri Devi's sons are or if they lived with her.

On hearing of an alleged starvation death in his constituency, the lawmaker representing Dumri, Jagarnath Mahto said that the "matter was of great concern." Mr Mahato blamed negligence of officials but did not specify what action will be taken against officers who deprived Savitri Devi of a ration card. The lawmaker said the issue would be raised in the state assembly

Around six months ago, in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, Shakina Ashfaq, a resident of Bareilly died allegedly due to starvation. The 50-year-old woman had not eaten for five days. Her family was allegedly denied of their monthly quota of cheaper food-grain because Shakina, who was paralysed, could not be present at the ration shop for her fingerprint authentication for Aadhaar.

The Yogi Adityanath government had said initial inquiries suggested Shakina died of an illness, not starvation. Shakina was a cardholder of the Antodaya Anna Yojana, a scheme for the poorest of the poor.

After Shakina's death, the Union food ministry in a statement had said the Centre was fully aware of challenges in the transition to the point of sale-based Aadhaar authentication system in the public distribution system. The states have been asked not to deny ration to the poor, the centre had said.


(With inputs from ANI)