'Aadhaar has made me an orphan of our democracy'
Hello. My name is Rajesh Mehar. I am a law-abiding citizen of India. Wait. Actually, I am not so sure anymore.
 
Until 1 April of 2017, I was a good citizen. You could even have called me an Adarsh Citizen. I paid my taxes on time, did not participate in cash transactions if other alternatives were available, did not hoard cash or have undisclosed income, did not use unregistered mobile phone SIM cards, did not claim subsidies surreptitiously, and definitely did not resort to legal action against my own country.
 
But since 1 April 2017, it has all been coming apart. I have not been able to file my Income Tax returns despite wanting and trying to. My bank accounts are most likely to become non-operational at the end of this month and I will be forced to transact only in cash. I will not be able to receive a salary, declare my income, or participate in the economy legally. My mobile phone connection will be blocked in February 2018, and I may need to borrow a SIM card and impersonate someone else. I still do not plan to claim any subsidies, but I most definitely plan legal action against my government.
 
All of this has happened only because of one powerful force in my life. No, not my faadhaar, not my maadhaar, but Aadhaar. My name is Rajesh Mehar. I do not have Aadhaar and I am an orphan of our democracy.
 
But why? What am I hiding?
 
Several friends have laughed at my stubbornness. Why don’t you want to get Aadhaar? What are you hiding? Don’t you know Aadhaar is stopping many illegal practices? If you can give your fingerprints to the US Consulate for a visa, why can’t you give your biometrics to our government? Do you hate our Prime Minister? 
 
I have been thinking about these questions without scepticism and formulating my honest answers. It makes sense to start in reverse order.
 
No, I do not hate our Prime Minister. I disagree with him on many counts, and I think he has made some grievous mistakes along the way, but I like him as much as I like any other political leader from any other party. And that is NOT why I have not got my Aadhaar.
 
Yes, I have obtained a visa and travelled to other countries and I have submitted my fingerprints in the process. However, I did so feeling powerless, criminalised, and disenfranchised every moment of that process. I did so knowing that I would go back to the welcoming, safe bosom of my country at the end of the ordeal. Now to feel the same way about the land I was born in makes me sad beyond description. I feel like a crying child, beaten and abused outside, coming back home to discover that my parents had gone mad and I was to be beaten and abused at home too.
 
No, Aadhaar has not stopped criminal activities and illegal practices, or even reduced them. In fact, criminals are using Aadhaar, and common citizens’ lack of understanding about it, to perpetrate crimes and continue illegal practices. The government themselves have leaked citizens’ private information, even the President’s office has. Sometimes, private information has been leaked through obscure websites that nobody knows about, like Zambo dot in. Using Aadhaar, common citizens’ money has been redirected without their knowledge, or cheated out of them again and again and again and again. In fact, criminals have even managed to make fake Aadhaars and the initial promise of weeding out fake claimants of government subsidies and entitlements is also now broken.
 
Are there safeguards?
 
But my friends are not idiots. “Arre, but it will never happen to you yaar. The government has made sure that there are safeguards. Even if anything goes wrong, you will be able to get redressal,” they say. Well, no
 
Aadhaar was created by a team of technologists who have since left Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the parent organisation, to create other companies that will profit from the Aadhaar ecosystem. This is a troubling conflict of interest, and at least one person connected to ‘monetising Aadhaar’ has been publicly outed as an online troll, creating multiple accounts to badger and discredit critics of Aadhaar. Some people who created the Aadhaar technology are acknowledged to be volunteers! Would I have my broken tap fixed by a volunteer plumber? Would I give my cellphone to have its shattered touch screen repaired by a volunteer technician? Then how can we accept that a mission critical national identity project was developed by volunteer technologists?
 
If by chance, your or my Aadhaar number is made public, it can never be changed. And unfortunately, you and I are stuck with the same fingers and irises for the rest of our lives. Despite this irrevocable loss in case of a breach, there is no easy complaint system for Aadhaar-related fraud. You can call the Aadhaar customer service call centre, which, by the way, people are having trouble finding. Or it can be reached sometimes but the ‘system doesn’t work’. And of course, no court can allow any legal action connected with Aadhaar except if the legal action is initiated by UIDAI itself.
 
So, if you or I have an Aadhaar related problem, what is the best way out? Many citizens have taken to using Twitter, a public social media platform owned by an American company, to get through to UIDAI. Moreover, UIDAI themselves encourage us to reveal our Aadhaar number by ‘Private Message’ to air our grievance via this website, which is legally bound to divulge information on the platform to American security agencies. Excellent.
 
Why is it compulsory?
 
Nobody knows why Aadhaar is mandatory. Or even if it is mandatory. You can choose not to have an Aadhaar as long as you do not need a bank account, a mobile phone connection, income tax returns, school admissions, medical care, and a host of other optional items. Our Prime Minister himself had opposed Aadhaar vehemently. UIDAI itself petitioned the Supreme Court that Aadhaar should not be made mandatory. So, why is it mandatory? Nobody knows.
 
Orphaned by Democracy
 
Indian citizens are constitutionally blessed with three parents for support, one more than the average child gets allocated. These three parents are the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary. Citizenry have tried to tell these three parents that they are being abused. Unfortunately, these parents have orphaned us. The first parent, our legislature, passed the Aadhaar related legislation as a money bill, which means it did not get debated in the Rajya Sabha at all. The second parent, our executive, has been indirectly making Aadhaar mandatory by making it compulsory to link it to several other services. There is no option for those who do not have Aadhaar or those who do not want to link it. Our last resort, our judiciary, has been patiently wearing down our complaints by not substantially hearing the several Aadhaar related matters before it for the last two and a half years.
 
So, bereft of any parental support, here I stand.
 
Thank you for listening to my story. I am Rajesh Mehar, a law abiding citizen of India until the next Aadhaar linking deadline. I am now an orphan of our democracy. Will civil society adopt me?
 
(Rajesh Mehar is a father of two beautiful children and also works for an IT company. He does not have Aadhaar yet.)
 
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Ralph Rau

1 year ago

Is there any doubt that the present dispensation leans towards authoritarianism ?

My was or the highway is the message emanating from the top. Decision with huge implications are taken without proper consultation or planning. Shoot first and then take aim ?

During Indira Gandhi Emergency the opposition could hide from the government.

With Adhaar the opposition does not stand a chance. Their bank account will be shut down. Their mobile will be tracked. Their train bookings will be tracked etc etc

Adhaar in its extreme and ubiquitous avataar demands unquestioning trust in a soul less government which believes anti-government equates to being anti-national and rampantly misuses sedition laws against harmless opponents.

Will the Supreme Court save us from this tyranny ?

Silloo Marker

1 year ago

Though written in a humurous vein, Rajesh Mehar has presented a scary picture of what could happen in a variety of situations to those who have succumbed to the pressures of the administration to have an Aadhar card and link it to numerous schemes, if not...! It is this fear factor created for anything and everything announced by the government which is so unreal in a democratic country. Rajesh Mehar is one of the few courageous souls who are ready to face this pressure and not succumb to it.

Kumar Swamy

1 year ago

Hyderabad: Woman kills husband, pours acid on lover's face. Why? Aadhaar helps find answer

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/telangana-woman-kills-husband-acid-attack-boyfriend-plastic-surgery/1/1107543.html

Mahesh S Bhatt

1 year ago

Bhagat Singh Savarkar killed tormenters Why are we tolerateing inflation/bad roads redeveloped again and again/poor infra/etc etc Mahesh Bhatt

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Harish Kohli

In Reply to Mahesh S Bhatt 1 year ago

Good advice. Better late than never even though 70 years late. Where should one start?

Vikas Sharma

1 year ago

Hi Rajesh,

Story is almost smmae here , Till now I am Nir-Aadhar and when this month I have decides to have one aadhar for me , I have found , Getting new Aadhar is very very tough now, Now You need to pay for your late lateefi,

very

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Vikas Sharma

In Reply to Vikas Sharma 1 year ago

Hi Rajesh,

Story is almost same here , Till now I am Nir-Aadhar and when this month I have decides to have one Aadhar for me , I have found , Getting new Aadhar is very very tough now, Now You need to pay for your late lateefi,

Very few bank branch and center are available where you can have new Addhar but they also processing in very few numbers

You may need to wait for 4-5 days to get chance to appear for registration of your biometrics.

I got alert when I come to know that one of my friend’s kids are not able to get admission in multiple schools without Aadhar and soon I also need admission for my kid.

So I become forced to go for Aadhar now.

Why is this hurry for Government First they bring some time lines then forced school to verify Aadhar for kids even in Nursery classes and stop all the temporary Aadhar Kendra

Also banks Aadhar Kendra are in rotations for new Aadhar registrations for few weeks it is available in X branch/banks and in few weeks it closed and some Other Bank or new registration center started.

This is pure torture on us nothing else...

Anand Vaidya

1 year ago

Over 500 missing children reunited with their family via Aadhaar: UIDAI CEO
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/over-500-missing-children-reunited-with-their-family-via-aadhaar-uidai-ceo-117112400530_1.html

Adarsh Shetty

1 year ago

To the readers - Along with this article, please do read the comments as well. For every one concerned on UIDAI whether for or against it, please also do watch videos of Dr Usha Ramanathan and Dr Anupam Saraph along with your other sources of information on UIDAI. I do not have a UIDAI number yet and am waiting for the Supreme Court ruling as well as 1-Jan-2018.

Mallika (Mallika) Chellappa

1 year ago

I feel exactly like this writer, and was all set to boycott Aadhaar, but
succumbed to family pressure and got it and, in fact, got it for my 92-yr-old mother also!
I think having an identity helps us as citizens, but since I had had a PAN for many years (my mother also) I did not see the need for another all-India identity. PAN could have been extended to become the one universal Indian identity, regardless of whether one paid taxes or not. However, the ITD was not prepared to cooperate; enter UIDAI.. ITD is a cost to the Indian tax-payer, and sooner it is disbanded, the better for all of us. Further, government itself is a cost, and the sooner we realize this and reduce the administrative costs of government, the better for all of us. This will require changes in the way we measure GDP - counting the same money again and again is misleading - there is only so much production and value-added activity, and even that has to be set off against the resources consumed, before we have a clear idea of whether the nation is in fact better off each year.. Which economist/sociologist will bell this cat? Trading may lead to short term profits for a few, but is it carried out in an ethical manner, or does hoarding and cartelization (which covers even manufacturers!) skew the profits in favour of those few? IMO we should trust Indian citizens, and allow them to become self-regulating. There can be one audit body that takes up sample cases for investigation to keep everyone on the straight and narrow, and even this could be a citizen's body. Of course, the practice of getting one's or one's company's finances audited by an independent auditor should not be thrown out .. But having huge governmental bodies with sweeping powers to raid any citizen/organization without adequate judicial oversight for the protection of the rights of the citizen/organization is uncalled for. The government and enforcement agencies are for the benefit of the citizens, and, in the final analysis, for the weakest and most voiceless of the citizens, before all others.. Unfortunately, that is not how it seems to work..

Let's see

1 year ago

I haven't been reading all the posts of Moneylife recently, my bad, but this narrative has considerably strong undertone of fiction, like a story being 'uncovered' by NDTV. The common element between two is, selectively 'destructive imagination' and attempts at influencing the interpretation of some of the reader (s).

Probably, there is a long list of 'patriotic citizens of this country' turned in to 'orphans', who are so very desperate to migrate out of India, because of some steps taken by Mr. Modi, but like everybody else I'm also CONVINCED that Mr. Modi and his team is threatening (to commit suicide if such orphans leave country) them. Also, I'm optimist that someday some of the 'generous donours' of this country would be able to collect (and donate) enough money so that Aamir Khan - another 'insecure' orphan (became after May 2014, probably realized in March 15 and spelled in November 2015) with his family, could migrate from this country.

I think we know, lot many Indians are settled (or even working at present) in different countries. Looking forward to see a/an report/article, capturing the number of citizens, who have migrated from other countries where SSN (or some form of it, may be like AADHAR) tool is deployed as they couldn't cope up with the projected (or real) rigidity of such mechanism which is in effect there, from decades. Optimist that someday, some 'RAAJESSH KEHAR' would share the report of such an analysis when he gets 'decently paid' by the 'elements'. Also may be Indians from such countries have packed their bags for 'ghar wapsi' from Middle-east, Americas (US and Canada), Singapore and wherever else, they felt suffocated for similar reasons.

May be we are so used to lawlessness, that we are subtly/openly raising slogan 'long live anarchy', whether knowingly or unknowingly, as the crackdown by Modi Government has started.

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Kumar Swamy

In Reply to Let's see 1 year ago

Don't you wonder why 'Money Life' encourages such articles? Indirectly or directly supporting the corrupt in our country, yet, talks about fighting corruption? Corrupt Hypocrites? Why we subscribe and pay for this crap?

Anand Vaidya

In Reply to Let's see 1 year ago

Well said! Exactly what I think. These leftists are spreading fear, uncertainty and sowing doubt. I am surprise MoneyLife would give such rogues a platform!

Karthikeyan

In Reply to Anand Vaidya 1 year ago

But you have not countered the author on his points. If they are addressed or no need to worry. You have simply made it an issue of ideology.

Amit Gupta

In Reply to Karthikeyan 1 year ago

Well said Karthikeyan. I totally agree.
@Let us see- i found it difficult to follow your writing...its very broken...seems some sentences stitched together.

Ramesh I

1 year ago

Good part-factual, part-satirical take on this new monster called Aadhar, unleashed by UPA and then NDA Govt led by PM Modi. I have no doubt that this Aadhar project serves some sinister purposes unbeknown to the general public, yet. While I have lost faith in our parliament and the Political Executive long ago, what pains me is the absolute callous attitude of the judiciary, esp. the Supreme Court of India, which has been delaying hearing matters related to the constitutional validity of Aadhar, which violates various rights of citizens, besides the fundamental right to privacy. What can be more important for our "Lordships" in SC than to try cases which impact a billion plus people of the nation remains a mystery. With even a retired CJI accepting Governorship of a State, with various SC & HC judges accepting positions in Commissions of Enquiry or Tribunals setup by the Govt, I have reason to believe that the higher judiciary is deliberately delaying hearing cases related to Aadhar to be nice to the powerful and supreme Political Executive. I wish the Constitution barred all Constitutional positions like SC & HC judges, CEC, CAG, etc. from being part of ANY Govt setup for 10 years after they retire. Only then can this quid pro quo arrangement between various institutions be reduced.
As for Aadhar issue, over a billion Indian residents have already procured one, voluntarily or coercised by the Govt, and the SC declaring it unconstitutional at this stage serves little purpose. It's a pity there is no authority which can Force SC to hear a case expeditiously, and one can only put up with its whims and fancies, like we have become used to doing with the other two arrogant 'pillars' of our democracy - the legislature and the Executive.

Ramesh Poapt

1 year ago

In our country of 130 crores, every change can be problem initially.The concept is much more beneficial than it drawback. Any change can be a disruption initially. We will have to accept so many such disruption in future
i.e AI etc. its fast changing world. Should we trail behind or adapt it? yes, the problems are bound to come.

Manoj

1 year ago

Wow, just read the Modi Sena comments below.

This is the real threat to India's future, not dictatorial demagogues. A horde of literate, but uneducated minions who can only stick themselves to the tails of a politician, and then mindlessly repeat whatever he says.

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Kumar Swamy

In Reply to Manoj 1 year ago

What's wrong with you, man. If someone does not agree with you, you call them "Modi Sena", "Bhakt", "literate but uneducated minions"......Just shows you are just an ASSHOLE. Go suck an egg.

Karthikeyan

In Reply to Kumar Swamy 1 year ago

Yes, these are as bad as the ones sitting on other side labelling the author of this article as leftist.

Krishnamurthy Kakaraparthy

1 year ago

Like Mr Rajesh, I am also a law compliant, retired,Senior citizen and I have taken the Aadhar card in 2011 it self. But I have become an 'Orphan' in a different way. Recently, when I have gone for linking my Mobile no. to Aaadhaar number, to my surprise and agony, my finger prints are not authenticated by the Aadhaar system. I tried in another 2 places with the same result. The mobile company told me that this is not uncommon especially in the case of Senior citizens as their finger prints get worn out with the age and that I should go to an Aadhar center and update my finger prints/biometrics. So I went to an Aadhaar center , but there also finger prints quality is detected as poor (20% signal) and the acknowledgement given to me for updation remarked that ' Poor quality finger or missing finger'. Now I don't know what to do . I have become an 'Orphan' in spite of having an Aadhaar card. Most of the agencies have only a finger print scanner and not any other equipment to authenticate with the help of Iris data . None in the Aadhar center could tell me how to get authenticate my self with poor quality finger prints. I checked with UIDAI web site and could not get any solution. I don't know where to go and whom to ask for a solution. Friends, especially Senior citizens, be careful and check immediately whether your finger prints quality is good enough for the Aadhaar standards or become 'Orphan' like me.
Agreed that Aadhar is a 'Baby step' in right direction. But the process is 'Half Baked'. If any of you know or find a solution for my problem please let me know. If you are influential or in Right place, please take this issue to the notice of the concerned authorities. I request Money Life foundation also to take up this issue.

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Parimal Shah

In Reply to Krishnamurthy Kakaraparthy 1 year ago

The aadhar is taking biometric of retina as well. If fingerprints do not come good or had is missing retina scan can be used for authentication.

Krishnamurthy Kakaraparthy

In Reply to Parimal Shah 1 year ago

But Retina scanners are not available with all the agencies. It is not a practical solution to provide Retina scanners with every body, every Ration dealer etc. Is it not ?

Manoj

In Reply to Krishnamurthy Kakaraparthy 1 year ago

2 senior citizens I know, including one bedridden ex-judge, have the same problem, if thats any consolation. And sorry, they havent found any solutions. I think the solutions will be made when LK Advani or Sonia Gandhi get aadhar cards and similar problems.

Kumar Swamy

1 year ago

Stop whining! And join other Indians in helping fight corruption......

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Manoj

In Reply to Kumar Swamy 1 year ago

Why dont you join the army, and really help the nation?

Kumar Swamy

In Reply to Manoj 1 year ago

We are not talking about the army, you IDIOT.

Lovie Yadav

1 year ago

Dude this is ur stubbornness and nothing else. You can move freely even with Aadhaar. You must have given ur thumbprint for passport as well. You are not gaining any sympathy by this article. You are stupid and nothing else.

Aadhaar linking: SC to hear next week plea for interim relief on mandatory linking
The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will hear next week a batch of application seeking interim relief on the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various schemes including bank accounts and mobile telephone numbers.
 
Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud said the Constitution bench that will hear the various plea for interim relief and  also indicate the dates when petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act would to taken up for hearing.
 
As the Court said that the matter would be heard next week by the Constitution bench, Attorney General KK Venugopal indicated that the deadline for the linking of bank accounts with Aadhaar would be extended till 31 March 2018. The Attorney General said that in respect of 131 services, a notification would be issued.
 
However, he expressed some difficulty in extending the deadline on linking with mobile telephones in view of the earlier ruling of the top court. He said, in the case of mobile-Aadhaar linking the deadline will continue to be 6 February 2018 since it will require a judicial order to extend to 31 March 2018 because the Supreme Court had, in the Lokniti Foundation case, ordered Aadhaar verification of all mobiles by 6 February 2018. 
 
It is understood that this notification would extend the deadline only for those without Aadhaar and that those with Aadhaar will have still have to link to bank accounts and other services by 31 December 2017, similar to the PAN judgement earlier this year where in those with Aadhaar had to mention their Aadhaar number when filing their Income Tax returns but those without Aadhaar needn't do so. In the present case, this will be confirmed only if and when such a notification is published by the Government of India as indicated by the Attorney General.
 
Senior counsel Shyam Divan, appearing for the petitioners in the Aadhaar case, insisted that the deadline should be extended for both those with and without Aadhaar and that the government should assure citizens that no coercive action will be taken against Aadhaar holders. To this the Attorney General replied that if this is the case then nobody will produce the Aadhaar number and was prepared to argue on this point. 
 
Chief Justice Misra, then gave his assurance that a Constitution Bench will decide on the matter of providing interim relief next week till such time that this matter is decided by the Supreme Court.
 
Senior counsel PB Suresh who appeared for lead petitioner Justice KS Puttuswamy -- a former judge of the Karnataka High Court had mentioned the matter before the Bench.
 
Justice Puttuswamy and many others have challenged the validity of Aadhaar Act on the grounds that it violates the fundamental right to privacy.
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noor

1 year ago

Adhaar is "Boj" on many indian citizens.More than an ID card its becoming headache to many who have it and those who dont have it. This card is not serving its purpose in any manner.More security loop holes and no data security. Modi govt is adding this blunder just like Demonetization. Just like my city I found No proper Adhar centers in many other places, no grievance cell, No call Centers, No representatives to guide the people. Just creating one website which has no capacity to load any information on its sublinks. Very poorly managed website and information. Govt and banks are threatening people do bar the service if not connected.Blindly they are asking us to connect mobile number, bank account, pan. What a pathetic Adhar it is. More problems rather than a single solution.Chaiwala has ruined many lifes in the name of Vikas.

Mallika (Mallika) Chellappa

1 year ago

sorry previous post intended for another thread

Mallika (Mallika) Chellappa

1 year ago

I feel exactly like this writer, and was all set to boycott Aadhaar, but
succumbed to family pressure and got it and, in fact, got it for my 92-yr-old mother also!
I think having an identity helps us as citizens, but since I had had a PAN for many years (my mother also) I did not see the need for another all-India identity. PAN could have been extended to become the one universal Indian identity, regardless of whether one paid taxes or not. However, the ITD was not prepared to cooperate; enter UIDAI.. ITD is a cost to the Indian tax-payer, and sooner it is disbanded, the better for all of us. Further, government itself is a cost, and the sooner we realize this and reduce the administrative costs of government, the better for all of us. This will require changes in the way we measure GDP - counting the same money again and again is misleading - there is only so much production and value-added activity, and even that has to be set off against the resources consumed, before we have a clear idea of whether the nation is in fact better off each year.. Which economist/sociologist will bell this cat? Trading may lead to short term profits for a few, but is it carried out in an ethical manner, or does hoarding and cartelization (which covers even manufacturers!) skew the profits in favour of those few? IMO we should trust Indian citizens, and allow them to become self-regulating. There can be one audit body that takes up sample cases for investigation to keep everyone on the straight and narrow, and even this could be a citizen's body. Of course, the practice of getting one's or one's company's finances audited by an independent auditor should not be thrown out .. But having huge governmental bodies with sweeping powers to raid any citizen/organization without adequate judicial oversight for the protection of the rights of the citizen/organization is uncalled for. The government and enforcement agencies are for the benefit of the citizens, and, in the final analysis, for the weakest and most voiceless of the citizens, before all others.. Unfortunately, that is not how it seems to work..

Dayananda Kamath

1 year ago

All Govt authorities SEBI, Telecom, RBi, etc, coercing people to link Aadhaar when it has been under judicial challenge., and quoting these coerced linking to justify its stand does not amount to pre-Jury. Will the Honourable Judges care to order prosecution of these authorities so that henceforth no authority will resort to such things for ever.
Will the judiciary stand up to its responsibility.
Or buckle under pressure and give orders like Karnataka high court in service matter an officer was removed from service for bringing out serious irregularities of executives of the nationalised bank. Since the officer is stickler for rule he can be given compulsory retirement.

Gurudutt Mundkur

1 year ago

When mobile owners can be traced even without AADHAAR, one finds it difficult to understand the need to link AADHAAR with mobiles

Vinoth Vinoth

1 year ago

Patient ill Medicine comes very late , that what late justice mean

Dayananda Kamath

1 year ago

The court should have taken action against all those authorities who are coercing the people when the matter is subjudice. If Govt authorities themselves are resorting to such things then court should initiate contempt of court proceedings. It is a clear violation of privicy as well as robing your judicial right not to give evidence against your self. It is high time how judiciary understand the far more implications how this linking can be used to coerce . Governance is not monitoring every thing remotely.

Aadhaar Cases Mentioned Today: Government Tries to Delay Hearing
The Aadhaar cases were mentioned today before the Supreme Court by the office of Attorney General (AG). Attorney General Mr. K.K. Venugopal appeared for the Union of India, Mr. Zoheb Hussain for UIDAI. Senior Advocates Mr. Shyam Divan, Mr. Arvind Datar, Ms. Meenakshi Arora and Mr. Anand Grover, appeared for the petitioners.The AG asked for the hearings in the Aadhaar cases to be deferred to the 18th of March. He cited the formation of the Sri Krishna Committee constituted to formulate a data protection law. He also stated that there would be no new legislation and no new changes to the existing position but the deadline for mandatory Aadhaar linking would be shifted to the 31st of March.
 
Senior Advocate Shyam Divan for the petitioners objected strongly to the request for further deferral of the hearing. He explained how the case had been partially heard by February 2014 and then in August 2015. The question of whether privacy is a fundamental right was then referred to a 9 judge bench and led to a further delay in hearings.  Mr. Divan said that the manner in which Aadhaar is spreading is completely unconstitutional. He said that even people with Aadhaar did not want to link it to bank accounts and mobile phones. He said that the government was extending the deadline only for those without Aadhaar but continues to coerce those with Aadhaar.
 
Mr Divan said that ordinary people are being turned into money launderers and they run the risk of being put in jail. Mr. Arvind Datar agreed with this and said that the notification under requiring the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, Rules must be stayed. Senior councils for the petitioners highlighted the massive exclusion faced by people due to Aadhaar and said that people are dying due to denial of rations. Mr. Anand Geover specifically highlighted an order of Jharkhand govt by which it has now withdrawn the compulsory linking of Aadhaar to rations following the starvation death of a young girl.
 
The AG then stated that he would not have a problem if the cases were heard in November. Mr. Divan explained more problems being faced due to Aadhaar including for chool children who were mandated to be enrolled and give up their biometrics to the UIDAI in order to sit for exams.
 
The AG said he would take further instructions on the issue of people who do have Aadhaar and will return to the Court on Monday.
 
The Union Government through the AG handed over a document suggesting that the deadline for mandatory linking for those without Aadhaar be extended to the 31st March 2018. But in fact, there is no official order or notification changing the deadline for mandatory linking that has been issued for now. The petitioners maintained that all existing orders directing mandatory linking of Aadhaar are illegal.
 
We will learn more on Monday about what will the status of deadlines and what will be the status of hearings. No order was passed by the Courts today. The matter will be mentioned again by the AG on Monday at 10.30am and it is expected that the Union will again request for the deferral of the final hearing.
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Ramesh I

1 year ago

The more I read about Aadhar the more I suspect its true hidden impact. After all, no Govt pursues a major project of the previous govt, if it doesn't see hidden benefits in it. Apart from data theft issues from Aadhar database, millions of illegal immigrants (esp. from Bangladesh and Myanmar) having fraudulently obtained Aadhar over the years, there are many flaws in its usage too. For instance, few months ago I had closed one account with SBI and retained another. The one I closed was the one I used to get the DBTL subsidy for LPG usage. Though I had seeded my Aadhar into the other/sole Savings Account with SBI over an year ago, I have not got the subsidy on new LPG bookings for the past few months, as SBI Branch staff never informed me that though I had seeded my Savings A/c with Aadhar, I am also supposed to submit another Form for DBT benefits to be credited into the same S.B. A/c. Now this is something I discovered perchance on perusing my Bank Statement for last six months. Isn't the Bank staff supposed to inform customers on having to submit a separate Form for DBT / subsidy benefits from Govt, despite the A/c being seeded with Aadhar. In such cases, where does the subsidy money go, to some suspense account or a fictitious account ? There are many such queries about Aadhar and I suspect its the biggest scam waiting to be unearthed in course of time. The Govt is surely pushing hard with Aadhar enrolments and its linkage with various areas like income tax, gold purchases, etc. but it seems to have a much more sinister plan in doing so. Let's wait for some noble sincere mediaperson to investigate it and publish it exposing this megascam.

KrishnaS

1 year ago

SEE THE CONSEQUENCE OF LINKING AADHAAR WITH ANY FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS -- IMPORTANT
Let us learn from other countries that the Govt. and the public are paying heavily for creating and giving their
Social Security Number (SSN) to welfare schemes
and financial data bases. Identity Theft is a crime created using theft of personal information such as Name, Photo, Date of birth, Mobile No. Bank A/c. etc. Here are some videos of victims of identity theft from their Social Security No. Here full info of any person is available at a centralised data base.
Just see the below mentioned videos carefully one by one and see the fate of these victims. They feel helpless after linking everything to SSN.
In many cases even the US Govt. and Police is finding helpless in reaching the criminals !
And just imagine the future situation in 'INDIA' after linking everything to Aadhar.
For a indepth info :
Just go to youtube and type 'SSN IDENTITY THEFT VICTIMS'

c babu challa

1 year ago

The banks, mobile service providers, etc., have been instructed by the government to get aadhar linking of its customers. Everyday such messages keep coming. the common man has no patience or time to get into problems of account freeze or mobile disconnection etc. Hence most of the people are linking aadhar. The courts take unending time even for emergency issues. They should immediately ask government to issue stay orders on the subject. The court can question anyone and ask the Doctor why he delays the treatment, but he cannot be questioned. He has no accountability.

N.Hanumanta Rao

1 year ago

It is arm twisting by Government. In order to save their face, Government is asking more time. The fact of the matter is that for every thing, Aadhar is being insisted. Example admission of children in private schools, for buying a private bus ticket, et.al. This is nothing but harrassment. Even private telecom operators are threatening to block service, banks say without Aadhar, the account will be inoperative and even private banks like HDFC, ICICI etc.

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