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

Thursday, June 7, 2018

13661 - CONG WANTS ROY TO QUIT OVER STARVATION DEATHS - Daily Pioneer

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 | Parvinder Bhatia | Jamshedpur | in Ranchi

Addressing media this afternoon at the district party headquarter in Bistupur, the senior leader said that 11 persons have died of hunger since September 2017 in different parts of the State mostly due to failure in getting food grains under public distribution system (PDS).State Congress president Ajoy Kumar on Tuesday demanded resignation of state food and civil supplies minister, Saryu Roy over starvation deaths in different parts of the state since last year.

 “It is a matter of great concern that the state government failed in execution of public distribution system. From the data  collected by us from independent sources, out of the 11 hunger deaths since September last year in five cases the victims’ family did not have a ration card.  In one case the family’s ration card was cancelled as it was not linked with Aadhaar.  In four cases the family could not access ration due to the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar-based biometric authentication for accessing PDS foodgrains,” said the IPS turned politician.

He went on to add that according to government’s own data, at least 10-20 % households (around 6-11 lakh households) are denied their grains every month due to Aadhaar-based biometric authentication. In one case the victim did not receive her pension as it was getting credited in someone else’s bank account linked with her Aadhaar. The victim was also denied her PDS foodgrains even though she successfully authenticated herself through Aadhaar-based biometric authentication. Most of the families could not get employment under MGNREGA. No action has been taken on erring officials and functionaries he noted.

“Moreover, in June itself there have been two deaths in Giridih and Chatra due to starvation. We demand resignation of the state food and civil supplies minister and criminal proceedings against all officials whose lapses have led to the starvation deaths,” said Ajoy Kumar.

The Congress leader also asked the state government to make public the actions taken by the committee constituted by the government in March this year to probe into starvation deaths and provide policy recommendations for avoiding hunger and went to demand immediate termination of Aadhaar-based biometric authentication for accessing foodgrains, social security pensions and all other welfare entitlements.