Aadhaar turns Nir-aadhaar

Finally, real truth about lack of data privacy is exposed

On 24th March, in one fell swoop, the Supreme Court of India (SC) defanged the Congress-led government’s most expensive and most controversial Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) programme. The government was asked to withdraw all orders making the Aadhaar number mandatory and told that UIDAI cannot share Aadhaar details with any agency without a person’s concurrence.

Strangely, the deathblow came from UIDAI’s own petition. UIDAI had appealed against a lower court’s order asking it to share biometric data with the police for a criminal investigation. UIDAI did not want to share data or allow its competence or capability to be tested, as ordered by the high court. It was then that it admitted that its technology was not foolproof as touted and the 0.057% error rate could lead to lakhs of false identification possibilities in criminal cases, if applied to 57 crore Indians whose biometrics (fingerprints and iris scan) are captured by UIDAI.

The UIDAI has always maintained that Aadhaar was not mandatory and that the data could not be shared without a person’s consent. However, in the absence of a clear statute and non-transparent functioning, privacy activists had filed petitions raising several key concerns about UIDAI’s backdoor strategy of making Aadhaar mandatory for payment of salaries to government employees, LPG subsidies, birth and death registrations, admissions to schools and colleges, etc. Nandan Nilekani, a founder of Infosys and the high-profile technocrat behind this programme, personally lobbied with Reserve Bank of India (RBI), individual banks and the capital market regulator to try and make it mandatory even for those with multiple identities.

Ironically, the massive spending on Aadhaar was sanctioned on the grounds that it would provide identity to millions of poor and disenfranchised Indians and allow them to get the benefits of government schemes and subsidies. In making these claims, Aadhaar hid many crucial facts.

These were: biometrics are not fool proof; finger prints change, have to be revalidated every few years and can be cloned easily; and the sub-contracted data collection process was flawed. People have multiple Aadhaar numbers and Aadhaar numbers have been issued to chairs and tables and, as a sting operation confirmed, Aadhaar was easily issued to foreigners for a price and a letter from a politician.

On 26th March, CJ Karira, an activist, won an appeal against the UIDAI’s reluctance to respond to Right to Information (RTI) queries and obtained answers to some crucial questions. First, that oil companies are not using Aadhaar to ‘authenticate’ the identity, but only to ‘match’ the number for themselves. There is no way to delete biometric data if a person wants to ‘opt’ out of Aadhaar—there is no exit. The most stunning revelation was that UIDAI does not maintain any record of who the Aadhaar data is shared with or when.

All this only exposes the dubious role played by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on a project that admits to have spent Rs4,000 crore already to enrol 57 crore Indians and has been sanctioned a huge budget for further spending without a parliamentary nod.
 

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    Narayanaswami Natarajan

    5 years ago

    My rejoinder to Mr. Sandeep.
    Nilakeni's intentions were probably noble. Poor fellow got into a wrong company with vested interests and lent his name to the games it played. It is non- achievement because the method adopted was opaque and illegal and the product is suspect. The huge expenditure had no parliamentary sanction. Coercion was used to force it down the throats of innocent participants. It had no parliamentary nod. A smart guy like NN must certainly have understood this issue early in the game. If he still cooperated and colluded one is forced to infer that ambition came before national interest. His candidate as a member of congress party proves the point. He had at least one more honorable option to become an MP. Money Life is only a messenger. No point in shooting it. Let Nilakeni clarify on all the points.

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    Sandeep

    In Reply to Narayanaswami Natarajan 5 years ago

    Hi Narayanan

    spending 3800 crore on Aadhaar/NPR no. is nothing as compared to benefit it'll give to coming generations.

    Aadhaar has helped to cut down leakage of 1 billion USD just in LPG subsidies only in last year, so Aadhaar has already paid off it's cost. Now it's just a cash cow only for Indian exchequer, any sensible next finance minister would love(provided it's majority goverment) to make it mandatory as soon as entire India is covered by end of 2015 to cut down subsidy bill/fiscal deficit/stop leakage/eliminate ghost beneficiary.

    India spends around 300000 crore every year in subsidies along and we all know 10-40% is diversion, leakage, never reaches the end beneficiary. Aadhaar/NPR no. has the potential to save that 40 % or direct to right beneficiary so government will be saving. Even if it saves 10%, still it's 5 billion USD every year!!!

    I am no one to comment about why NN choose this party or that to be MP, but I also, like you; thought about it why he would do that, then just had a thought may be he would be then only one(if elected) in parliament who can explain in Loksabha what's aadhaar/NPR no. as a concept and defend this as an idea to help coming generations otherwise you also know what kind of MPs we send to loksabha.

    Aaadhaar was started in 2009 with an Executive order(legal by costitution)and UIDAI bill 2010 was sent to standing committee headed by Yashwant Sinha, didn't let it go to next step and same guy recently telling at TV that NPR is good but Aadhaar is bad, just because NPR was concept of BJP in Vajpayee goverment and Aadhaar is Congress game changer. if you call Aadhaar illegal then take it as NPR no. which is legal as per Indian constitution




    MDT

    In Reply to Sandeep 5 years ago

    Sandeep,
    Thanks for your comments.
    Philanthropy without productivity, welfare without wealth and charity without capital will guarantee the bankruptcy of any nation.
    http://www.moneylife.in/article/food-sec...

    Talking about the ordinance, this is a clear constitutional impropriety. The power to promulgate ordinances is vested with the President and Governors under Articles 123 and 213 of the Constitution and is based on similar powers that the Governor-General of India and the Governors of provinces had before independence. In a heated debate on 23 May 1949, several members of the Constituent Assembly expressed fears of a misuse of this power. Dr BR Abukir informed the members that this extraordinary power was necessary because the “framework for passing law in the ordinary process does not exist”. In the end, the members accepted that this extraordinary power was a necessary evil to be used in extraordinary situations and not perverted to serve political ends. As has happened several times in the past, our politicians have done exactly what the founding fathers did not expect them to do.

    In the case of ordinance, it requires to be passed as an Act by the Parliament within six months of its promulgation to be deemed legal.

    Coming back to your 'achievement' of LPG subsidy transfere.... Several people who have linked their Aadhaar with LPG distribution are either not receiving subsidy on time or not receiving the SMS. On the other hand, some people are receiving multiple SMS with different customer IDs about LPG refill and subsidy not related with them.
    http://www.moneylife.in/article/aadhaar-...

    Ram Das

    5 years ago

    Anti-Aadhaar ranting is at least entertaining. Even when UIDAI is vindicated by the supreme court, new spin of moneylife shows how UIDAI was defanged.
    Facts
    1. All UIDAI documents including proposed parliament bill insisted on treating resident's biometric as private and could not be shared without resident's consent.
    2. UIDAI appealed to court to insist on this resident's privacy.
    3. No documents of UIDAI has ever said that Aadhaar is compulsory. It always has said that Aadhaar is optional.

    State agencies and other central government agencies administrating benefit programs insisted on Aadhaar. This is wrong and I am glad the supreme court upheld it.

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    MDT

    In Reply to Ram Das 5 years ago

    Dear Ram Das,
    Thanks for your comment.
    n a strange case of conflict of interests, Nandan Nilekani, the IT czar, is either heading or part of a committee or group that is turning the 'voluntary' UID number or Aadhaar of residents as mandatory for citizens to access several services and benefits from the government!
    http://www.moneylife.in/article/nandan-n...

    MG Warrier

    5 years ago

    This is in response to Sandeep’s comment that “…seems like moneylife team has no topic left to cover other than criticizing Aadhaar all the time…”. The further observations Sandeep has made on April 5 justifies the criticism AADHAAR is encountering in the media. After all, media gives voice to the common man’s concerns.

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    Sandeep

    In Reply to MG Warrier 5 years ago

    Sir, no where I mentioned that Aadhaar criticism is justified, rather you should appreciate that UPA has only done this one good thing in last 10 year of ghotala tenure!!

    MG Warrier

    In Reply to Sandeep 5 years ago

    I said "The further observations Sandeep has made on April 5 justifies the criticism AADHAAR is encountering in the media. After all, media gives voice to the common man’s concerns." There are enough ifs and buts and uncertainties about AADHAAR in your observations recorded here. They justify the criticism AADHAAR is attracting!

    Narayanaswami Natarajan

    5 years ago

    It is now Nandan nilakeni without his Aadhaar!On the back of this non-achievement he has also joined the corrupt congress bandwagon to seek an MP's job from Bangalore. I hope the enlightened electorate of his constituency will see through the game of this wannabe PM!
    N. Natarajan

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    Sandeep

    In Reply to Narayanaswami Natarajan 5 years ago

    he spearheaded this project and gave ID to 60 crore residents of India and UID will be completing another 33 crore by early next year and in your terms still it is non- achievement???

    Sandeep

    5 years ago

    seems like moneylife team has no topic left to cover other than criticizing Aadhaar all the time. they might forget food but even in dreams they think about how we can manipulate any news to defame aadhaar but fact of the matter is Aadhaar aka NPR no. is there to stay forever and only ID that is covering more than 85 crore(61 UID +24 by NPR) people residing in India.

    There is no other single ID that can match it and has no duplicates with online authentication.

    So Moneylife team rather than criticizing UID as a concept, start thinking how you can make it better.. that's called constructive journalism...contributing to society

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    MDT

    In Reply to Sandeep 5 years ago

    Sandeep,
    Thanks for your comment.
    You need to read more in Moneylife to get to know the truth.
    Here is the list of article that are most read at present by readers and Aadhaar related article is the last one on it!


    1. The Real Story of how HSBC Was Made To Pay
    2. Football and cricket most susceptible to money laundering
    3. IDFC, Bandhan Financial get RBI nod for banking licence
    4. Safe & Higher Returns: Look beyond Bank FDs
    5. Aadhaar turns Nir-aadhaar

    Talking about constructive journalism... Moneylife has been sending several question to Mr Nilekani and other top executives of UIDAI. But they dont believe in constructive, free flow of information. But may be you can aks them to be more open and share their opaqueness while providing answers. This experience, unfortunately is not limitd with only Moneylife. Several activist, who used the RTI route, were also denied information from the "open, constructive" UIDAI on its Aadhaar. Read http://www.moneylife.in/article/aadhaar-... and http://www.moneylife.in/article/uidais-c...

    Sandeep

    In Reply to MDT 5 years ago

    I remember one saying of my ex boss, very experience fellow, don't just complain about anything wrong or not being done in a right manner unless you have found/can suggest a better way otherwise you're just magnifying the issue at hand.

    same goes here at moneylife about Aadhaar, in last 2-3 year since I have started following UID/NPR as a concept, have never seen a positive thing about Aadhaar by ML or a better alternative solution to address the ghost/duplicate/cut down middlemen beneficiary in the government system.

    just criticizing without giving feedback specifying areas of improvement doesn't make much of a sense.

    by the way I did send a feedback about modifying the LPG subsidy the same way as PDS solution by UIDAI(to be rolled out) where consumer will have option to go to any Fair price shop to get ration and Depot holder will have to compete by providing better service and on time.

    for some of activists, UID has all the process docs at website

    http://uidai.gov.in/library/references.h...

    these process docs are worth reviewing and come out with better solution for aam aadmi

    MG Warrier

    In Reply to Sandeep 5 years ago

    This response from me is not on behalf of MDT. Since the initial days of UID or 'Nilekani' experiment I too have been following the identity story. I had felt that the project was on the wrong track. Several comments were recorded and many letters to the editor were published calling for a review. As regards AAdhaar-linked benefit transfer, an article was also posted at moneylife.in If you are not able to find the right path, that does not mean that knowingly you should proceed on th wrong path which may be taking you in the opposite direction 'at your cost'

    Udit C

    5 years ago

    What do the big guns care? They have made name, fame and given BIG contracts!

    MM & Co can scuttle their mothers and fathers if they find their purpose spent.

    MG Warrier

    5 years ago

    Copied below is my response to a newspaper report on AADHAAR:

    December 23, 2011

    Review Aadhaar

    “Aadhaar or Niraadhaar? That’s the question!”(Business Line, December 23) sums up the present predicament of UID project and the not so envious situation in which Mr. Nanden Nilekani is placed. Nilekani doesn’t lose much, because he gains experience in the learning process which will take him to greater heights. Government has no prestige issue on such matters, because this sort of meddling, cost and time overruns and huge losses are part of any game government plays, at least in the recent past in India. 70 per cent of the 120 crore people for whose benefit the project was allegedly conceived, are also not bothered about the present and future of this wonderful exercise as they are literally unaware of the goings on, because they are out of reach for the media. Then, why B S Raghavan is getting over-worked about the success or failure of this Aadhaar? He represents the voice of the taxpayer whose hard-earned money is being wasted and at whose doors finally the buck will stop.
    UID, for various reasons including inadequate funding, non-availability of in-house expertise and resultant dependence on external agencies including banks and government departments is bound to take much more time than originally envisaged, even to cover the already ‘identified’ citizens. If government is convinced about the utility of UID, the project should be allowed to merge with the Census of India and access the infrastructure and methodology in use by that organization for decades and fast-track the process.
    M G Warrier, Thiruvananthapuram

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    Sandeep

    In Reply to MG Warrier 5 years ago

    answer to your merging of UID and Census of India i.e. NPR card. .....at back end UID and NPR both share same no.generation mechanism.

    To avoid duplication and double work, UID was allowed to enroll 60 Crore and NPR was allowed to enroll 65 crore. UID has completed the target of 60 crore and NPR has enrolled only 24 crore so far so UID was allowed to another 33 crore in UP, Bihar, chattisgarh and uttrakhand by early next year. so by end of 2015 almost everyone residing in India (doesn't matter nationality)will have Aadhaar no. generated and NPR will keep issuing Smart ID if you're a citizen of India.

    Bottom line if you're resident in India, you have Aadhaar only and if you are citizen of india then you'll have smart ID with aadhaar no. on it.


    MG Warrier

    In Reply to Sandeep 5 years ago

    Sandeep
    Please clarify whether UID(Adhaar) and NPR are MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. In which case, those who have AADHAAR will not have NPR number and vice versa.

    Sandeep

    In Reply to MG Warrier 5 years ago

    NPR and Aadhaar are mutually exclusive only in a sense that NPR has information about your declared nationality(of course you have to have supporting document to justify your claim)along with some more parameter for statistical purpose. Thats why all border area where there is possible influx of people from bordering countries like bangladesh(west bengal), Srilanka(tamil nadu), pak (J&K) being covered under NPR to keep check on outsiders.

    just a correction what I said above, people having aadhaar card may get the Smart ID as well but that will have Nationality information stored on a chip. But still aadhaar is not a proof of your declared nationality but NPR is.



    follow FAQ about NPR
    http://www.censusindia.gov.in/2011-Commo...

    aadhaar is just a no. being given on a simple card. you can print it online anytime but it'll speedify the complete enrollment process because NPR may take another 5-10 year to provide smart card at the speed it's going.

    Only purpose Aadhaar is serving is to certify the uniqueness of individual by matching your biometrics, iris and photo alongwith your demographics. It's eliminating ghost, duplicates and middleperson from the government system and that's people who has been abusing the system has been trying hard to anyhow derail this aadhaar card enrollment.

    For common man in India doesn't matter whether they get the 12 digit UID no. from Aadhaar or NPR...

    Abhijit Gosavi

    5 years ago

    These machine vision algorithms use a finite (a small) number of points (which form the so-called "profile" within the computer's database) to represent data from millions of points (actually infinitely many points) on our fingers. Naturally, they are very imperfect. Further, as pointed out, fingerprints change with time. Mr. Nilekani, an electrical engineer and a programmer, must know these serious flaws exist in these algorithms. But like everything else, this scam also can be traced to money; in this case, about Rs. 4,000 crores!

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    Ram Das

    In Reply to Abhijit Gosavi 5 years ago

    Mr. Gosavi is kindly requested to read accuracy report of UIDAI (http://uidai.gov.in/images/FrontPageUpda.... Besides use of all ten fingers, use of iris (multi-modal) biometrics provides required accuracy. You can understand math behind multi-modal by reading numerous papers published by NIST, Prof. Anil Jain or other well renowned biometrics scientists.

    Please do understand full science and engineering behind biometrics before accepting hearsay claims.

    Other countries such as Indonesia have already shown the accuracy they can get using nearly identical scheme.

    KARTAR SAINANI

    5 years ago

    Rs770 crores was not enough for NN that he had to start such a dubious & traitorous scheme whch gave away the details of our citizens to CIA connected companies.His Rs770 crores should be confiscated to make up the loss of Rs4000 crores loss to the exchequer.

    Bhaskar Raut

    5 years ago

    'Aadhar' has no value, and the crores of rupees spent on providing 'aadhar'is a waste. It only helped the private agencies to siphon money from the government excenquer.

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    ganapathy mani

    In Reply to Bhaskar Raut 5 years ago

    The P.M has to answer this.

    Aadhaar: The lies of Nilekani and Congress over biometric profiling –Part 30

    Has Nilekani or Congress party ever informed that its biometric Aadhaar is going to be used for surveillance and security? Also is this the reason why very few MPs, MLAs and ministers from Congress have subjected themselves to biometric profiling of Aadhaar or NPR?

    On 24 March 2014, the Supreme Court’s bench of Dr Justice BS Chauhan and Justice J Chelameswar heard Mohan Parasaran, Solicitor General of India et al as petitioners and upon hearing the counsel the Court made the following order, “Issue notice. In addition to normal mode of service, dasti service, is permitted. Operation of the impugned order shall remain stayed. In the meanwhile, the present petitioner (Unique Identification Authority of India -UIDAI) is restrained from transferring any biometric information of any person who has been allotted the Aadhaar number to any other agency without his consent in writing. More so, no person shall be deprived of any service for want of Aadhaar number in case she is otherwise eligible or entitled. All the authorities are directed to modify their forms, circulars, likes so as to not compulsorily require the Aadhaar number in order to meet the requirement of the interim order passed by this Court forthwith. Tag and list the matter with main matter i.e. WP(C) No.494/2012.”

     

    The Court was hearing the special leave to Appeal (Criminal) No. 2524/2014 i.e. UIDAI Versus Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) that was earlier mentioned before the Chief Justice of India. This case has now been linked with the previous case Writ Petition (Civil) No. 494 of 2012 against the biometric identification based unique identity (UID)/ Aadhaar number.

     

    An RTI application was filed in UIDAI with a request that ‘kindly ensure all pages are intact including annexures marked ‘Non-Disclosure Agreement”, “Technical Bid” and “Commercial Bid”.  In a reply dated 5 March 2014, the UIDAI replied, “The Annexures J, & K w.r.t. to Accenture Service Pvt Ltd mentioned Technical Bid and Commercial Bid. The annexures I, J & K w.r.t to L-1 Identity Solutions Operating Private Limited mentioned-non-disclosure Agreement, Technical Bid and Commercial Bids’.”
     

    It further states, “As per Confidentiality Disclosure statement, the document contains confidential information of above firms and they have requested not to disclose the information outside UIDAI or be used for purposes other than the evaluation of their business capabilities. Secondly, this being third party information, the firms were requested for their comments wherein they had denied for sharing of their documents with any applicant.” The RTI application was filed by Qaneez-e-Fatemah Sukhrani. 
     

    It may be recalled that Central Information Commission (CIC) had heard the matter of UIDAI's refusal to share copy of all contracts given to French and US biometric technology companies, namely, L1 Identity Solutions and Accenture. Mrs Sushma Singh, the Information Commissioner, gave a letter (No.F12013/096/2012-RTI -UIDAI) of UIDAI to the author who represented the appellant, Mathew Thomas from Bangalore.
     

     UIDAI’s letter written to CIC submits that "contractual obligation in respect of BSP (Biometric Solution Provider) contracts has expired. Therefore, UIDAI has no objection in sharing the following contract details:- a) Copy of contract of UIDAI with M/s L1 Identity Solutions for Biometric Technology; and b) Copy of contract of UIDAI with M/s Accenture for Biometric Technology".
     

    Following this, UIDAI gave the copies of the contract. After examining these documents with regard to the Accenture for Biometric Technology, it has come to notice that the first 237 pages appear to be in order but after that there is a one pager titled Annexure J Technical Bid Technical Bid as submitted by Accenture Services. The Technical Bid document is missing. After that there is a one pager titled Annexure K Commercial Bid Commercial Bid as submitted by Accenture Services Pvt Ltd. The Commercial Bid document is missing.
     

    With regard to the L1 Identity Solutions for Biometric Technology, I notice that the first 236 pages appear to be in order but after that there is a one pager titled Annexure I Non-Disclosure Agreement as submitted by M/s L1 Identity Solutions Operating Company Private Limited. But this document is missing. After that there is a one pager titled Annexure J Technical Bid as submitted by M/s L1 Identity Solutions Operating Company Private Limited. The Technical Bid document is missing. After that there is a one pager titled Annexure K Commercial Bid as submitted by M/s L1 Identity Solutions Operating Company Private Limited. The Commercial Bid document is missing.
     

    In a letter dated 10 September 2013 to UIDAI, the author wrote that reasoning that because "contractual obligation in respect of BSP (Biometric Solution Provider) contracts has expired. Therefore, UIDAI has no objection in sharing the following contract details :- a) Copy of contract of UIDAI with M/s L1 Identity Solutions for Biometric Technology; and b) Copy of contract of UIDAI with M/s Accenture for Biometric Technology"  is flawed in the light of the previous attached judgment of CIC. 
     

    Under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Public Information Officer (PIO) cannot deny information citing commercial confidence for agreements between a public authority and private party. While giving this judgment, CIC said “The claim of 'commercial confidence' in denying access to agreements between private parties and the masters of the public authorities—citizens—runs counter to the principles of the Right to Information.” 
     

    “Any agreement entered into by the government is an agreement deemed to have been entered into on behalf of the and in the interest of ‘We the people’. Hence if any citizen wants to know the contents of such an agreement he is in the position of a principal asking his agent to disclose to him the terms of the agreement entered into by the agent on behalf of the principal. No agent can refuse to disclose any such information to his principal,” the CIC said in its order dated 27 July 2009.
     

    The Commission was of the view that “The objectives of the RTI Act would be defeated if public authorities claim exemption based on a claim that ‘terms and condition were much more favourable to the government’, and therefore these must be kept away from the Public. In fact public feels that quite often the contrary is the case,” the CIC noted. The CIC observed, “Any so called imaginary moral or reciprocal obligation cannot be permitted to subvert a solemn constitutional and legal obligation”, and directed the PIO to provide copy of the agreement.
     

    In the light of the CIC’s order, UIDAI’s refusal to share ‘Non-Disclosure Agreement”, “Technical Bid” and “Commercial Bid” in its reply dated March 5, 2014 is untenable.
     

    In the contract agreement between the President of India, as purchaser and L1 Identity Solutions Operating Company, as a "Biometric Solution Provider" it has been officially admitted that the latter is a corporation of US based in Delaware as of 24 August 2010.  Notably, L-1 has since been bought over by French corporate conglomerate, Safran Group after the US Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) was convinced that there are no unresolved national security concerns with respect to the transaction. L-1 Identity Solutions announced agreement to be acquired by Frenh corporate entity Safran on 20 September 2010.
     

    From the contract agreement between the President of India, as purchaser and Accenture Services Pvt Ltd as a "Biometric Solution Provider" dated 1 September 2010 it is evident that it has not been disclosed that Accenture Services Pvt Ltd is a subsidiary of Dublin, Ireland based Accenture plc, a US company. Till 1 January  2001 it was known as Andersen Consulting.
     

    As a consequence of French corporate conglomerate Safran’s purchase of US company L-1 Identity Solutions, the de-duplication contracts of UIDAI’s Centralized Identities Data Repository (CIDR) and Home Ministry’s National Population Register (NPR),  which was given to foreign companies on 30 July 2010 to three companies now lies with two companies of French and US origin namely, Safran Group and Accenture.  
     

    L-1 has been a US company that admittedly worked with intelligence agencies of the US. Now it has been purchased by French company, Safran Group in which French government has a stake and it also has forty year partnership with China. The latter is a US company that works admittedly with security agencies of the US.
     

    UIDAI was asked whether there has been any fresh agreement between UIDAI and Safran Group and its subsidiaries. It also wants to know as to who are all the biometric solution providers after the expiry of the “contractual obligations” with L-1 Identity Solution and Accenture.   
     

    The UIDAI had stated in its reply dated 23 December 2013 that the Appellant's data had not been shared with any entity outside the UIDAI.  Here appellant refers to CJ Karira, who had filed an RTI application seeking information about the same. In a reply of 13/16, January, 2014, UIDAI stated that “the 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.”  This is factually incorrect.

     

    Nandan Nilekani, former unelected head of Aadhaar related projects and committees attempted to mislead Indian voters in general and particularly from Bangalore South constituency in a write-up dated 24 March 2014.  Nilekani, a Congress candidate, wrongly claimed, “The Supreme Court has upheld the UIDAI’s view. We have always stated that the data collected from residents would remain private, and not be shared with other agencies.”

     

    The documents accessed through RTI reply dated 25 October 2013 reveal that this is an impudent misrepresentation of facts. In the contract agreement between the President of India for UIDAI, as purchaser and L-1 Identity Solutions Operating Company, and Accenture Services Pvt Ltd accessed through RTI it is stated, "The Data shall be retained by Accenture Services Pvt Ltd not more than a period of seven years as per Retention Policy of Government of India or any other policy that UIDAI may adopt in future."

     

    This clearly implies that all the biometric data of Indians which has been collected so far is now available to US Government and French Government because of Patriot Act and French government’s stake in the company in question.

     

    This Congress candidate states, “In its very first strategy document and in subsequent conversations, the UIDAI had clarified that while other government agencies have the option to make the number mandatory, the UIDAI itself will not make the Aadhaar number mandatory. Over the past year, some government agencies made the Aadhaar number mandatory for specific services and benefits.”

     

    The fact is all these government agencies made biometric Aadhaar number mandatory based on the recommendations of Committees headed by Nilekani himself. UIDAI itself was/is maintaining that Aadhaar is 'voluntary' while its chairman, the Congressman made sure that it was made mandatory to avail a number of services or benefits from the government.

     

    The Strategy Overview document of the UIDAI says that "enrolment will not be mandated" adding, "This will not, however, preclude governments or registrars from mandating enrolment" but the stark fact is Nilekani himself headed several committees whose recommendations made Aadhaar mandatory."

     

    In his statement dated 24 March 2014, Nilekani, the Congressman, claimed, “The argument was that making Aadhaar mandatory enables agencies to weed out fakes and duplicates in their systems, thus reducing corruption.” This was the argument of the government in which he was a cabinet minister ranked official and he was himself recommending it. Nilekani is indulging in verbal gymnastics and is trying to hide behind a veil of language.  

     

    Nilekani claims, “The power of Aadhaar as an anti-corruption tool stems from its uniqueness. A unique number linked to an individual’s biometrics means that no one else can pretend to be the person receiving benefits, and therefore cannot defraud him or her.” 

     

    The fact is that he has himself revealed in the US that biometric Aadhaar is a tool for surveillance. Not surprisingly, lower court of Goa and CBI sensed it.

     

    Delivering a lecture at Center for Global Development at Washington on 22 April 2013 Nilekani admitted, “Now, biometrics has a big history in the world. Biometrics was first used in India in the 1870s, when the British used it for land titling, and they also used people's fingerprints to record the registration of documents. Historically, and up until a few years ago, the use of biometrics was essentially in forensics. It was about using biometrics for crime investigation and crime protection… But, after 9/11, biometrics has increasingly been used for the purpose of surveillance, or security, or for immigration control.

     

    Has Nilekani or Congress party ever informed fellow congressmen or compatriots that its biometric Aadhaar is going to be used for surveillance and security etc.? Is Congress Party ignorant of the fact that on 16 August 1908, in a public protest under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, certificates based on biometric data like fingerprints were burnt? 

     

    Nilekani claims, “It is increasingly the people most interested in diversion and continuing corruption, who will be most resistant to using Aadhaar for services.”

     

    A list of the names of Congress MPs, MLAs and ministers who are promoters of Aadhaar to reveal in writing as to who all among them have enrolled for Aadhaar and subjected themselves to biometric profiling. It is the Congress party’s MP’s, MLAs and ministers “who are the people most interested in diversion and continuing corruption.”  

     

    The claim that “Aadhaar is the first identity for a lot of Indians across the country” is factually incorrect. Indians have 16 pre-existing identity proofs endorsed by the Election Commission of India including voter ID cards. Congress, as a party, which got 89.11% of its money from unaccounted sources and unnamed sources, will have us believe unlike the Election Commission, that all the parliamentary elections and those who were elected, were voted without Indians having any identity.

     

    Now that these scandalous facts that have pernicious implication for the life and death of India as a sovereign nation-state, it is intriguing as to why while opposition parties like Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and CPI, CPM and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Medha Patkar have denounced biometric Aadhaar but refrained from promising that they will scrap Aadhaar and UID number generating NPR related programs because it is manifestly illegal. It is baffling as why instead of dealing with the issue of world’s biggest biometric database matter urgently, it has been listed for hearing on 28 April 2014 after the sixth phase of the nine phase election on 24th April is over. 
             

    You may also want to read…
     

    Why biometric identification of citizens must be resisted? Part I
     

    Biometric identification is modern day enslavement -Part II
     

    Biometric profiling, including DNA, is dehumanising -Part III
     

    Marketing and advertising blitzkrieg of biometric techies and supporters -Part IV
     

    History of technologies reveals it is their owners who are true beneficiaries -Part V
     

    UID's promise of service delivery to poor hides IT, biometrics industry profits –Part VI
     

    Technologies and technology companies are beyond regulation? -Part VII
     

    Surveillance through biometrics-based Aadhaar –Part VIII
     

    Narendra Modi biometrically profiled. What about Congress leaders?-Part IX
     

    Aadhaar: Why opposition ruled states are playing partner for biometric UID? -Part X

     

    Is Nandan Nilekani acting as an agent of non-state actors? –Part XI

     

    Aadhaar and UPA govt's obsession for private sector benefits–Part XII
     

    CIA-funded MongoDB partners with UIDAI to handle Aadhaar data –Part XIII

     

    Are Indians being used as guinea pigs of biometric technology companies? -Part XIV
     

    Aadhaar: Is the biometric data of human body immortal and ageless? Part XV
     

    Aadhaar: The propaganda of transnational vested interests –Part XVI

     

    Aadhaar: Pakistan handed over, India giving database on a platter– Part XVII
     

    Engineered row in US-India relations, an attention diversion tactics of big brothers?—Part XVIII

     

    Aadhaar: UIDAI and the ‘fifth column’ of Napoleon—Part XIX
     

    Aadhaar: Turning citizens into subjects through social control technology companies –PartXX

     

    Why Kejriwal govt in Delhi should abandon biometric Aadhaar?—Part XXI

     

    Aadhaar for LPG: Oil companies, Ministry of Petroleum & UIDAI disobeying Supreme Court order–Part XXII

     

    Why Vasundhara Raje should immediately withdraw circulars making Aadhaar mandatory -Part XXIII

     

    How Congress has been proven wrong on biometric Aadhaar and NPR -Part XXIV

     

    Aadhaar, NPR, UN resolution and deafening silence of political parties –Part XXV
     

    Is Congress converging UID numbers of EVMs and Indian voters? –Part XXVI

     

    Is our political class trapped by economic hit men from database empires? -Part XXVII
     

    Aadhaar & database risks: Will India evaporate to become nobody in our life time? –Part XXIX

     

    How BJP’s Yashwant Sinha is wrong about ‘biometric’ National Population Register –Part XXX

     

    (Gopal Krishna is member of Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL), which is campaigning against surveillance technologies since 2010)

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    Gopalakrishnan T V

    5 years ago

    Aadhar instead of emerging as a tool to prevent Corruption and mis use of subsidy has become the source of Corruption and information sharing about individuals' privacy exposing to all possible inconveniences, harassments and unknown risks. In the name of UID many sections of the society have made huge money apart grom the Government spending in thousands of Crores ranging between 50000 crores and 115000 crores as reported by media. Many have lost also their hard earned money.Nandan Nilekani a well respected and a high tech person known nationally and internationally unfortunaely fell a victim of the Politicians' gameplan and spoiled his image. Unfortunately he has joined the Congress and is fighting the election. The Concept of Unique ID is excellent but it could have been linked to other personal identtifications of individuals and Mr Nandan should have kept Government agencies away from the very compilation and issue of UID cards. Government agencies are known for Corrupt practices and corruption and making fast bucks in the name of UID spread all over the Country and milliuons of people spent huge sums to get the required documents and the ir linkages. Gas agencies in some places insisted for Notary signatures for acceptance of even genuine documents and they referred all consumers to some selected Notaries and they have to be paid anything between Rs 250 and Rs 400. Photo studios and xerox Copy (Vendors) made a killing apart from some middlemen who arrange false or genuine documents and help the masses to apply for AAdhar Cards. Easy money for many became an order adding to several other problems. The very idea of issuing Aadhar card was ill conceived and wrongly executed without studying the implications and the negative impacts on the society. The result is loss of Tax payers Money, loss of money for the aspirants, loss of stationery and loss of man hours and energy.Now UID is of no use and it has let loose legal entanglements in several cases.

    Bantwal

    5 years ago

    Mr Nandan Nilekani is making wrong statements, the culture and ideology of Congress Party, which he is going to represent in Bangalore South and get elected on Congress ticket. He has oined congress since he likes congis ideologies An Alert

    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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    aabid

    3 months ago

    How to check Aadhar card status by name check Aadhar card status by name

    Pravin Ladde

    3 years 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

    5 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

    5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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

    5 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

    5 years ago

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

    NAGARAJ Tirumani Vemula

    5 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.

    REPLY

    MOHAN

    In Reply to NAGARAJ Tirumani Vemula 5 years ago

    the best forum is NIMHANS!!

    NAGARAJ Tirumani Vemula

    In Reply to MOHAN 5 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

    5 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

    5 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.

    REPLY

    MOHAN

    In Reply to S K Nataraj 5 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

    5 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

    REPLY

    MDT

    In Reply to TIHARwale 5 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

    5 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 5 years ago

    Can anyone close Aadhar "account"?

    MOHAN

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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 5 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 5 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

    5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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

    S K Nataraj

    In Reply to MDT 5 years ago

    Well said, Moneylife. You are spot on.
    Please read my comment made today , on the loose and poor framework and administration of the scheme. The article by you is well- written and the author must be complimented for doing a very good job.

    Rajesh Premani null

    In Reply to S K Nataraj 5 years ago

    Compared to other media, MoneyLife comes around as fresh and crisp in its articles. I sincerely appreciate the thinking intent and philosophy of MoneyLife as an Institution. Bravo guys keep it up.

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