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

13655 - Demand permanent jobs, reinstatement and end to overloading of vehicles - The Hindu


The city on Monday saw protests by the Kachra Vahatuk Shramic Sangh (KVSS), Mathadi Kamgar Union (manual workers), and the Marathi Kamgar Sena (MKS).

The KVSS organised a hunger strike against the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) failure to grant permanent jobs to 1,409 workers of the 1,600 verified workers, on the basis of Aadhaar technicalities.

In 2007, the Sangh had taken the matter to the industrial tribunal, which on October 13, 2014, ruled in its favour. The BMC moved the Bombay High Court, which also ruled in the Sangh’s favour in December 2016.

The civic body then approached the Supreme Court, which on April 7, 2017, upheld the judgement of the HC. “This is a question of our lives. We must receive what we are owed,” Sunil Apte, an worker, said.
A three-member committee consisting of union representative Milind Ranade, an investigative officer appointed by the industrial tribunal, and a BMC representative, verified 1,600 workers eligible for arrears.
“It has been a 12-year struggle, and now they are refusing to fulfil the requirement even though the SC has ruled that the Aadhaar should not be a barrier in receiving social security benefits,” Mr. Ranade, general secretary, KVSS, said.
According to the protesters, the civic body has refused to pay arrears, amounting to ₹3.6 lakh if calculated from 2014, and approximately ₹7 lakh if calculated from 2007, stating that the names of 1,409 workers in the apex court list do not match with their names on Aadhaar cards.
Retrenchment opposed
In the second incident, members of the Mathadi Kamgar Union, who have been fighting for the reinstatement of 87 workers fired from a glass factory in Vadavali village, on December 17, 2015, sat on a hunger strike. “The workers had been employed in the company since 2005 and worked for six years before they were unjustly fired,” Vasant Rao, secretary of the union, claimed.
They approached the Dewani court which ruled in their favour on December 8, 2016. Later, the industrial court came out in their support, and said they must be paid the salary owed to them in their period of unemployment, as per its order on August 2, 2016.
The company approached the Bombay High Court on September 19, 2016, which called upon the State government to rule on the applicability of the schemes for interim relief under the Maharashtra Mathadi, Hamal and Other Manual Workers (Regulation of Employment and Welfare) Act, 1969.
“The courts have consistently ruled in our favour, but the workers remain unemployed,” Mr. Rao said.
A government committee supposed to resolve the issue within eight weeks has so far nine meetings of which seven did not have the requisite quorum and two did not arrive at a conclusion. “The government is not taking a decision and we have to sit without jobs; from tomorrow, our children will also join in,” said Babu Rao Pawar, one of the workers.
Overloading of vehicles
The Marathi Kamgar Sena too observed a hunger strike at Azad Maidan to protest the overloading of vehicles, which, they claimed, has led to nearly 15,000 traffic accidents per year since 2014.
“It is a regular practice to load 40 tonnes in a 15-tonne capacity vehicle,” Prakash Koli of the Sena said. The Sena urged the transport commissioner and the regional transport office to prosecute middle men.

“We want an end to these corrupt practices. We will continue the hunger strike till our demands are met,” Mahesh Jadhav, president of the Sena, said.