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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

14045 - Aadhaar Articles dated 11th Feb 2019

CBDT trashes TravelKhana claim that Aadhaar used to empty bank account

Business Today
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has slammed start-up TravelKhana for its claim that the Income Tax Department deducted Rs 36 lakh from ...

Bank 'mitra' held for Aadhaar data breach
The Tribune
The Jind police have arrested a youth in connection with the misuse of biometrics of an Aadhaar operator of the State Bank of India (SBI) in Uchana ...

UIDAI files FIR against duo for Jind man's biometric misuse - Times of India

Aadhaar deactivation !?
Star of Mysore
I would like to draw the attention of the authorities concerned regarding a report about deactivation ofAadhaar for not using it over a certain period of ...

No aadhaar, no ration? Hard blow by Gujarat govt on poor and marginalized
Only those who have aadhaar registration and linked it with ration card will get ration from a Public Distribution System (PDS) shop. This decision of ...

Don't want your PAN card to be cancelled? Here is how to link with Aadhaar, save it
Zee Business
"By linking with Aadhaar, We will know whether there are any duplicate PANs or not. And there are certain duplicate PANs... If it is not linked, we may ...

Constable held for blackmailing, raping woman
Mumbai Mirror
Before she was allowed to leave the store, the woman was asked to provide ID proof, and submitted herAadhaar card, of which two photocopies were ...

A constable was arrested for raping a 20-year-old woman in Powai - News Track English

Readers' comments: Not personality cults, India needs a party with true representation of people
The Aadhaar Act was passed in a big hurry as a money bill and though voluntary in principle, was made mandatory. This is injurious to data security ...

Divorced daughter eligible for pension
The Tribune
The system does not move until we fill Aadhaar number. Being an NRI, we are not eligible to get Aadhaarnumber. Please advise how I can file the ...

The solution is universal
The Hindu
The Ministry of Agriculture has written to State governments to prepare a database of all eligible beneficiaries along with their Aadhaar numbers, and ...

PAN Aadhar Link: How Businessman Can Link PAN With Aadhar Online?
ZipLoan (blog)
The Supreme Court has mandated to link PAN Aadhar before March 31. It has mandated to file Income Tax Returns with Aadhar. Many businessmen ...

MHADA to start door-to-door eligibility survey from February 16
The Indian Express
The team would also evaluate the documents of tenants, including rent receipts of the last six months,Aadhaar Card and Voter ID, to confirm their ...

Unorganised sector pension scheme riders leave major intended beneficiaries out
This scheme is open to those with saving accounts and Aadhaar. It said persons covered under National Pension Scheme, contributed by the Central ...