UID/Aadhaar
Aadhaar: Once allotted, you can never cancel it, reveals RTI

While Nandan Nilekani, former chairman of UIDAI, is busy fighting his election, he has left behind a dubious record of keeping the Aadhaar holders in the dark regarding access to their biometrics and other personal details by any private or public agency

Now, it is from the horse’s mouth.  The office of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has admitted that information regarding biometrics and other personal details of Aadhaar, the 12-digit unique identification (UID) number, to any outside agency cannot be revealed to the holder unless it is requested by the government. In addition, once you have been allocated the UID number, there is no way to delete or cancel it, which means you cannot opt out of it. More shocking is that Aadhaar was never used to authenticate subsidies for the LPG cylinder. It was just used as an identifier for the bank.

 

The second appeal was heard In a Central Information Commission (CIC) Sharat Sabharwal’s office on 13 March, 2014, wherein he stated that although the RTI applicant, CJ Karira had filed a requisition under Section 7 of the RTI Act, which requires the PIO to give information within 48 hours; the requisition does not specifically come under this section. However, his order stated: “…we took this appeal up for consideration out of turn as the answers of the public authority to the queries of the Appellant in the instant case may be of interest to a large number of UID card holders, who may have similar apprehensions as the Appellant regarding sharing of the data provided by them to the UIDAI for obtaining a UID card.”

 

Karira, co-convener of India Against Corruption (IAC) filed a RTI application on 27 September 2013 seeking information regarding sharing of his Aadhaar data to outside agencies. He also asked for certified copies of the agencies with whom the data has been shared and procedure to delete one’s name from the UID register.

 

Not having received a reply from the CPIO, he filed an appeal to the First Appellate Authority (FAA) on 13 November, 2013. The FAA did not conduct any hearing or pass any order. On 23 December 2013, the CPIO gave him partial and wrong information, particularly regarding the query of whether details of his UID number was shared with any agency.  

Karira stated to the FAA that the “information provided by the CPIO vide his letter dated 23 December 2013, was ‘incomplete and incorrect’, because HPCL and the State Bank of Mysore had his UID number and got the same authenticated through UIDAI, while the CPIO had stated in his reply that his data had not been shared with any entity outside the UIDAI.”

 

Karira again asked for “complete and correct information free of charge; imposition of penalty on the CPIO under section 20(1) of the RTI Act for the delay in provision of information; a warning to the FAA to dispose of appeals to him within the stipulated time limits under the RTI Act; departmental action against the CPIO and the FAA under the relevant rules and regulations and; a direction to the public authority to arrange training on RTI matters for its concerned officials.”

 

Having failed to get the required information and to request action against delay of information, Karira went in second appeal with the CIC on 15 January 2014.

 

The CIC order observes during the hearing on 13 March, 2014, “… it is seen that three of his queries related to the requests… for authentication/ confirmation/ matching of any of his data held by the UIDAI, the details of the persons or entities asking for such authentication etc. and certified copies of requests for such authentication and replies by the UIDAI..”

 

“The CPIO had stated in his reply dated 23 December 2013 that Karira’s data had not been shared with any entity outside the UIDAI. Karira has submitted that this information was misleading, because he had given his UID number to his gas agency and bank in connection with provision of subsidy on supply of cooking gas cylinders.”

 

“UIDAI stated that the use of the UID number, provided by the Appellant to his gas agency and bank, was for the limited purpose of ensuring that the person being provided the gas cylinders and subsidy was the same. It did not involve authentication/ matching by those agencies with the data held by them.”

 

The shocker is about the procedure to surrender one’s Aadhaar number. The order observes: “Two of the queries related to the procedure by which a UID number holder could surrender his UID number and card and get his data erased from the data base of the UIDAI. The CPIO informed the Appellant vide his letter dated 13th and 16 January 2014 that as on date, there was no such procedure adopted by the UIDAI to delete the UID number from the UID database.

 

The last query in the RTI application sought information regarding the non-UIDAI entities/ persons, who have access to his personal/ demographic/ biometric data held by UIDAI or with whom UIDAI has shared such data.

 

“…The CPIO stated that data would be shared only on a formal request by the State concerned through the Nodal Departments for the delivery of welfare and public services and schemes of the Government. Karira submitted during the hearing that a declaration in the application for UID number obtains the consent of the applicant for such sharing of data. The Respondents stated that such consent is not mandatory, but optional.’’

 

The CIC also ordered that UIDAI should have adequate number of CPIOs and FAAs to ensure that all applications are disposed off within the relevant time frame. According to CIC, “…there had been a surge in the RTI applications to the UIDAI through the online RTI portal since August-September 2013, and as many as 480 applications were received between August & November 2013…We are surprised that a public authority such as the UIDAI, with widespread public dealings, should have thought it fit to have only one CPIO until recently.”

 

Reacting on the CIC order, RTI activist Maj Gen SCN Jatar (retd) said, “It is shocking to note that Aadhaar is not used to authenticate LPG gas subsidies. It is only an identifier for a bank and the OMC to ‘match’ the number; there is no way to delete an UID number once allocated; there is no way to delete the biometric and other details of a citizen who wants to "opt out" of Aadhaar; there is no record maintained of who Aadhaar data is shared with and; there is no record maintained of who Aadhaar data is shared with!’’

 

Here is the order from the CIC…

 

 

(Vinita Deshmukh is consulting editor of Moneylife, an RTI activist and convener of the Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting which she won twice in 1998 and 2005 and the Chameli Devi Jain award for outstanding media person for her investigation series on Dow Chemicals. She co-authored the book “To The Last Bullet - The Inspiring Story of A Braveheart - Ashok Kamte” with Vinita Kamte and is the author of “The Mighty Fall”.)

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COMMENTS

Pravin Ladde

4 months ago

This is really shameful.. Before collecting our personal data and biometric you should clear all these things.. Many of us may never use this service.. This is perfectly against our personal rights.. This is violation of our rights.. If by mistake I got strong enough politically in future, I must fight against it.. Those who generate aadhar card at small villages dont even cares about any documentation, even I saw many of them exchanged the fingure prints, name etc.. As they just have to earn more intensive by generating more aadhar card on daly basis..
Everything is fraud..

NAGARAJ Tirumani Vemula

3 years ago

08-04-2014
Where is the necessity for opting out from aadhar? Adhaar number is like PAN number.
Adhaar is a necessity. It is not a burden.

sohan modak

3 years ago

Like Anupam Saraph, i have felt that AAdhar is a sham exercise and a fraud by way of personal data theft at the cost of government exchequer and that ishow Nilekani wants to cover up his incompetence in design, applicability of Aadhar data.

REPLY

NAGARAJ Tirumani Vemula

In Reply to sohan modak 3 years ago

08-04-2014

Inefficiencies can be rectified.
Every problem has a solution.
The problem can be solved as under:-
Part A: Terms of reference of aadhar scheme. (Purpose)
Part B: Components of population
(demography)
Part C: Proper flow chart with
software solution (modular form).
In the present aadhar system
there is bottleneck in UDAI
agency; not with people.
A little change in software can solve this problem and adhaar number can be instantly given.
I aim at perfection in work.
If the Adai agency responds, I can give details.


NAGARAJ Tirumani Vemula

In Reply to sohan modak 3 years ago

08-04-2014

Inefficiencies can be rectified.
Every problem has a solution.
The problem can be solved as under:-
Part A: Terms of reference of aadhar scheme. (Purpose)
Part B: Components of population
(demography)
Part C: Proper flow chart with
software solution (modular form).
In the present aadhar system
there is bottleneck in UDAI
agency; not with people.
A little change in software can solve this problem and adhaar number can be instantly given.
I aim at perfection in work.
If the Adai agency responds, I can give details.


NAGARAJ Tirumani Vemula

In Reply to sohan modak 3 years ago

08-04-2014

Inefficiencies can be rectified.
Every problem has a solution.
The problem can be solved as under:-
Part A: Terms of reference of aadhar scheme. (Purpose)
Part B: Components of population
(demography)
Part C: Proper flow chart with
software solution (modular form).
In the present aadhar system
there is bottleneck in UDAI
agency; not with people.
A little change in software can solve this problem and adhaar number can be instantly given.
I aim at perfection in work.
If the Adai agency responds, I can give details.


Radhakrishnan

3 years ago

What is the reporter trying to state? There is no clarity in any of the statements. The second sentence in the first para seems to be incomplete, with some words missing. Reading this article was a waste of time.

In any case what has gone wrong. Why should anybody have any objection about UID ?

NAGARAJ Tirumani Vemula

3 years ago

one small correction:
wrong:computer capabilities has to be...
Correct:computer capabilities have
to be...

NAGARAJ Tirumani Vemula

3 years ago

Sir, 01-04-2014

Adhaar is a good scheme.Computer
capabilities has to be harnessed
to meet our purposes.
People have so many apprehensions
which are true and well founded.
Privacy is important.
Every problem has a solution.
If any forum is there for this adhaar scheme, tell me.
I will try to give workable solutions and make the system strong.
I AIM AIM AT PERFECTION IN WORK
WITHOUT COMPROMISING ON PRIVACY OF INFORMATION.

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MOHAN

In Reply to NAGARAJ Tirumani Vemula 3 years ago

the best forum is NIMHANS!!

NAGARAJ Tirumani Vemula

In Reply to MOHAN 3 years ago

Sir, 01-04-2014
Do not lose heart so easily.
Try to give a workable solution
and strength the scheme since crores of tax payers' money is spent on it.

Mukesh kamath

3 years ago

Anyone who has done engineering and knows technology will not oppose aadhaar. It is only the ignorant and the cynics who don't know about its efficacy. Aadhaar is a brilliant scheme. A large part of women are uncomfortable delivering babies in hospitals so many births go unregistered. This document less ness of people has led to bogus documents like ration and pan cards. If all people are enrolled in a biometric database then an electronic record of their existence can be created. Once all people get registered with aadhaar and once 100% births start getting documented then there wont be any need of aadhaar(ML please note, we the supporters of aadhaar don't have any special attachment or love for biometrics, when you say biometrics is bad for privacy we do understand your point but helpless since it may be necessary now but not after about 20-30 years when institutional deliveries become the norm). The aadhaar can then be alloted based on birth certificate. So the biometric database can be destroyed.

S K Nataraj

3 years ago

Aadhaar Cards are despatched by ordinary post and not even by Certificate of Posting. While framing the Rules, should it not have been laid down that the Cards should be sent by Registered Post like in the case of Passports. If it was supposed to be such an important document as envisaged by Govt and UIDAI, clearly proper ground rules should have been framed for the issue of such cards as well, which would also among other things stipulate the purposes for which the card could be used, with whom the information could be shared etc.With a set of loose procedures, improperly written and not carefully planed, the whole scheme seems to have been conceived.
Myself and my wife were the first applicants for the Aadhaar cards in the Bank's Zonal Office which I headed, where the bio- metric enumeration took place in 2010. And the most horrible part is that the cards have till date not been delivered to me, thanks to the process of dispatching them through" ordinary post. "
I have been witness to the melees for getting the Aadhaar Card bio- metric enumeration, when the Petroleum ministry had widely publicised that LPG subsidy would be credited to Bank Accounts through Aadhaar linkage. These melees only underscore the fact of poor organisation and shoddy planning that was the way in which the whole scheme of Aadhaar was "managed and run".
We must thank the Supreme Court for laying down that this card shall not be mandatory for availing any government service or subsidy. After several hundred crores have been spent/wasted on this ill-conceived scheme, it now deserves a quiet burial, which decision , the new government which would come to power in May 2014,I hope, would take to dump the scheme . So much for a scheme which was much- touted as going to be a game- changer ahead of the 2014 polls, by Rahul Gandhi.

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MOHAN

In Reply to S K Nataraj 3 years ago

GOVERNMENT MUST IMMEDIATELY WITHDRAW ALL 'AADHAR' CARDS ISSUED.

IF TERRORISTS MISUSE 'AADHAAR' CARD ISSUED TO AN INNOCENT CITIZEN WHO WILL TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY?

TIHARwale

3 years ago

As a former Banker i can confirm that once a person opens a Bank Account the A/c opening papers are available with the Bank and Bank is bound by law to provide certified copies to law enforcing agencies and in certain cases even original documents need to be safe guarded even beyond 8 eight years from the closure of account.

At times i also feel MLD is unnecessarily targeting Aaadhar

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MDT

In Reply to TIHARwale 3 years ago

Dear Sir,
Thanks for your comment.
Moneylife is just reporting the facts revealed by RTI, the Supreme Court. The revealations are based on reply provided by UIDAI, the mother and father of Aadhaar.
Also in banking, there is a regulator, the RBI that operates under a structure sanctioned by Law. Can you tell us about who regulates or controls Aadhaar or what is the legal ssupport for this UID?
So who is targetting whom? Is it Moneylife, the RTI, the Supreme Court, the UIDAI or the common people who are being kept in the dark on Aadhaar?

Regards,
MDT

Ram Das

3 years ago

What happens when you open a bank account and then later close it? The account data remains with the bank.

Aadhaar is not different. There is no way to erase it but it is possible to make the number inactive, just like closed bank account.

REPLY

MOHAN

In Reply to Ram Das 3 years ago

Can anyone close Aadhar "account"?

MOHAN

3 years ago

A large number of Aadhar applicants have not received their Aadhar Cards. What happened to these cards?

Mr. Nandan Nilekani owes an explanation on 'Vansihing Aadhar Cards"

Hemlata Mohan

3 years ago

Never expected a respected person of Nilekani's caliber to be so "loose" about other people's identity. Where is his Infosys motto- "Powered by trust,driven by intelligence,"?
He has betrayed all of our trust ! Very sad

Atul Bhide

3 years ago

My mother is now worried since she has filed for Aadhar and not received it for many months now. She was asking if some Bangladeshi is now using it. Moreover, after Aadhar, her name has disappeared from the electoral rolls - that too after having voted in every election for Lok Sabha and Assembly for the past 50 years. She asked if this is due to aadhar, not sure what answer to give; but looks like it. She saw the cobrapost expose, now she is asking neighbours not to do the same mistake...

REPLY

Sandeep

In Reply to Atul Bhide 3 years ago

go online at UIDAI website and download the PDF copy, as good as paper copy sent by UIDAI.

MOHAN

In Reply to Atul Bhide 3 years ago

You are absolutely right. A large number of Aadhar applicants have not received their Aadhar Cards. What happened to these cards?

Government must immediately order a probe about the vanishing Aadhar cards?

Sanjay Choubey

3 years ago

Hi Vinitha,

What are the real/perceived dangers of getting enrolled in AADHAR? Can you provide some links regarding the same?

Thanks.
Sanjay

REPLY

Sandeep

In Reply to Sanjay Choubey 3 years ago

There is no danger unless you're planning to do something illegal.... boon for common man, curse for corrupt, ghost, duplicate, middlemen beneficiaries.

MDT

In Reply to Sanjay Choubey 3 years ago

Dear Sir,
Request you to read our special coverage on UID/Aadhaar. http://www.moneylife.in/life/uid/aadhaar

Thanks,
MDT

Mithun

In Reply to MDT 3 years ago

Dear Moneylife,

What interest do u get get by maligning Aadhar / Mr Nandan Nilekani ???
What such critical details do u share while making Aadhar Card (it is the same details u share in a Shopping mall, while filling feedback form.
As a literate person, all knows the long term benefit the Aadhar card can deliver rather than the criticisms labelled.
Aadhar is empowerment to citizens who doesn't have the power & luxury to fight against the corrupted political & economic system. Because wherever in India there is scope of political / bureacratic intervention, there have been opportunities created for selfish needs. So don't u think that Aadhar is the punch on the faces of all these manipulations.
But by seeing Moneylife efforts to malign Aadhar / Mr Nandan Nilekani, I am sorry to say that u are also working against the interest of common public and behaving like a media parrot.

Best Wishes .... Mithun Roy

MDT

In Reply to Mithun 3 years ago

Dear Mithun Roy,
Thanks for posting your comment.
First kindly understand, Aadhaar is not a CARD. It is just a 12-digit number based in biometric profile of an individual "resident" of India.
This also means, you cannot replace your 'biometric' Aadhaar 'Card' just like chaning ATM or credit card or getting replacement for your PAN Card.
Also manipulation cannot be stopped by just using a UID. Otherwise, the PAN card or the voter ID card would have already done it.
The Supreme Court even raised questions on the privacy and data sharing with any entities not related with social welfare of govt. Read it, understand the issue and then comment. Here is something that you can refer to http://www.moneylife.in/life/uid/aadhaar

All the BEST

Regards,
MDT

Six steps to take if you’ve suffered harm in a medical facility

If studies are accurate, more than a million patients in the US are harmed a year by the medical care they thought would heal them. Here are six recommended steps the sufferer can take

This post, originally published on Sept. 18, 2012, has been updated.
 

I often speak to people who have become victims of patient harm. They, or maybe a loved one, went to the hospital, nursing home or doctor’s office and suffered a preventable injury, infection or medical error. Many times they’re seriously disabled. Or they’re calling me because their family member or loved one was killed.
 

If studies are accurate, more than a million patients are harmed a year by the medical care they thought would heal them. When it happens, many patients and their family members don’t know where to turn for answers and accountability.
 

To provide some guidance I spoke to Helen Haskell, founder of Mothers Against Medical Error. She recommends they take six steps.
 

If you're a patient who has been harmed, help us explore the issue by sharing your story with ProPublica reporters. We're also seeking medical providers to volunteer their expertise.
 

1. Get a copy of medical records. Every patient has a right to his or her medical records under federal law. These records can provide important information about what happened – and what might have gone wrong.
 

What to do: As soon as possible after the incident, contact your doctor’s office or go to the hospital’s medical records department and ask for a complete copy, including doctor and nursing notes, lab results and copies of diagnostic images. (Warning: There may be significant charges for copying, and records can sometimes be altered.)
 

2. Make sure the incident is reported internally. Accredited hospitals are required to conduct internal investigations of serious medical incidents. And they’re supposed to have procedures in place to deal with incidents that lead to patient harm or could lead to patient harm.
 

What to do: Ask to be part of the investigation, or to at least have your version of events on record as part of the analysis.
 

3. If the patient has died, order a forensic autopsy, which includes toxicology tests. Autopsies — though not always 100 percent accurate — are the most reliable means of finding out what happened in an unexpected death. Hospitals do not routinely conduct autopsies, but the family has the right to get one.
 

What to do: In some situations, the local coroner or medical examiner is supposed to be called if a patient dies in a medical facility. If the authorities decline to take the case, the family may have to pay for a forensic autopsy. In that case, ask the coroner or medical examiner’s office for a referral to an independent pathologist.
 

4. Consider calling an attorney. Be aware that the standards for proving medical malpractice are much higher than most patients expect. Attorneys take few cases because they’re expensive to pursue and difficult to win. Even if an attorney does not take your case, however, he or she may help you deal with the hospital or other providers.
 

What to do: Ask friends or lawyers you know for the name of an experienced malpractice attorney. Or find one online.
 

5. Meet with the doctor and hospital officials. Ask them how they will prevent future harm to other patients. If the patient has suffered damages or died, you can also negotiate directly with the providers to waive medical bills or agree on an amount for compensation. You may wish to bring an attorney to help ensure that any agreement you make is in your best interest.
 

What to do: The Assertive Patient has some tips.
 

6. Report the incident to regulators, who can investigate. While regulatory action is often much milder than patients assume is warranted, it creates a paper trail. Providers may be cited or fined and required to create a program for improvement.
 

What to do: It’s necessary to report to the correct agency:

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Update: This post first appeared in ProPublica’s Patient Harm Facebook Group. We are updating it here as part of our ongoing reporting into patient safety.
 

 

Courtesy: ProPublica.org

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COMMENTS

Bapoo Malcolm

3 years ago

As in all matters legal, documentation is all important. It provides SOLID proof.

In short, stay calm, collected and collect. Every scrap counts. Have succeeded with only one envelope that was found being used as a bookmark!

Bapoo M. Malcolm

Nifty, Sensex may struggle to move up further: Wednesday closing report

The Indian benchmark indices may give up some gains to make a fresh move up
 

The Indian market opened Wednesday higher and stayed in a range until around 1.00pm, after which it started giving up the gains. However, after trading in the negative for a little while, the market managed to come back in the green. The NSE 50-share Nifty closed in the positive for the fifth consecutive session.

 

The BSE 30-share Sensex opened at 22,135 while the Nifty opened at 6,616. Both the indices hit their all time high at 22,172 and 6,627, respectively. The indices hit a low of 22,021 and 6,581 during the day. Sensex closed at 22,095 (up 40 points or 0.18%) while Nifty closed at 6,601 (up 12 points or 0.18%). The NSE recorded a volume of 78.34 crore shares.

 

Among the other indices on the NSE, the top five gainers were Metal (2.64%); Commodities (1.47%); PSU Bank (1.44%); CPSE (1.40%) and MNC (1.27%). The top five losers were Pharma (2.07%); Media (1.96%); IT (0.84%); FMCG (0.69%) and Service (0.11%).

 

Of the 50 stocks on the Nifty, 28 ended in the green. The top five gainers were Sesa Sterlite (3.94%), Hindalco (3.60%), Jindal Steel (3.28%), IDFC (3.04%) and Bank of Baroda (2.58%). The top five losers were Dr Reddy (3.32%), Lupin (2.43%), Jaiprakash Associates (2.25%), Sun Pharma (2.18%), TCS (2.17%).

 

Of the 1,552 companies on the NSE, 665 companies closed in the green, 794 companies in the red while 93 closed flat.

 

March 2014 Futures & Options (F&O) contracts will expire on Thursday.

 

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday made investments in India easier for foreign investors by allowing them to open special rupee as well as foreign currency accounts with local banks. For this purpose, RBI clubbed foreign institutional investors and qualified foreign investors under one category called “Registered Foreign Portfolio Investor” (RFPI).

 

Tata Motors, one of the Sensex stocks, was among the top five gainers in the pack of 30. The stock was in news for its price hike in April. Tata Motors rose 2.70% to close at Rs 401.25 on the BSE.

 

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to release the Sahara chief Subrata Roy on bail subject to a deposit Rs5,000 crore to the securities regulator as well as provide bank guarantees for another Rs5,000 crore. It agreed to defreeze bank accounts of Sahara companies to raise the Rs10,000 crore. The court adjourned the case to tomorrow, asking Sahara to give details of the bank accounts that are to be defreezed. Sahara One Media & Entertainment rose 5% to close Rs59.85 on the BSE.

 

Tata Steel today sold its 25-acre Borivali land parcel in Mumbai for Rs1,155 crore to Oberoi Realty through e-auction. The site measuring roughly 25 acres is located at the junction of Western Express Highway and Dattapada road in Borivali (E), Mumbai, and is abutting both these roads. Oberoi Realty was among the top two gainers in the ‘A’ group of BSE. The stock rose 9.69% to close at Rs217.95 on the BSE.

 

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has inked a pact with a leading Saudi Arabian lender - National Commercial Bank - to implement a new core banking software platform that is likely to "transform" its customer service delivery system. TCS was among the losers in the Sensex 30 stocks. TCS fell 2.21% to close at Rs2,098.35 on the BSE.

 

US indices closed in the green on Tuesday. US consumer confidence jumped in March 2014 to the highest level in more than six years. The Conference Board on Tuesday reported that its gauge of consumer confidence reached 82.3 in March — the highest level since January 2008 — compared with an upwardly revised 78.3 in February. US home prices slipped in January for a third straight month after a particularly harsh winter, according to data released Tuesday, as strong year-over-year appreciation showed signs of moderating. New US homes sold at an annual rate of 440,000 in February, down 3.3% from January's one-year high, the government said Tuesday.

 

Except for Shanghai Composite (0.18%) and NZSE 50 (0.11%) all the other Asian indices closed in the green. Straits Times (1.26%) was the top gainer. European indices were trading in the green. US premarket futures too were trading higher.

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