Unique ID is not Unique, does not certify anything, says UIDAI
In yet another shocking admission the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) admitted, in response to a RTI (Right to Information) query, that it does not certify the identity, address, date of birth, resident status or existence of any individual or any Aadhaar number. The UIDAI has in a previous RTI had responded making it evident that it cannot identify anyone.
 
The admission that the UIDAI does not certify anything is a blow to every organisation and process that relies on the UIDAI for certifying the identity, address, date of birth, resident status or existence of any individual. It is now evident that not only is nothing identified, nothing is certified by the UIDAI.
 
The UIDAI also admitted that the biometric data of an individual does not pull up a unique record. This is an admission that the biometrics does not uniquely identify any person. This completely demolishes the myth of providing a unique identity to Indians.
 
The UIDAI has no idea about the identification documents used to assign an Aadhaar number to enrolment packets submitted by the enrolment agencies. This has damning repercussions for the genuineness of the entire Aadhaar database. In a previous RTI the UIDAI had admitted that the Aadhaar database or the processes of reduplication had never been subject to verification or audit. Now an admission that even the data about the documents submitted for enrolment are not known to the UIDAI. Private agencies were paid for each enrolment packet they submitted. Private agencies also benefit by being able to use ghost identities that they may have created to claim subsidies, park black money, do benami transactions, and launder money. 
 
The RTI replies call to question the very basis of using the Aadhaar as a means to identify anyone, to use it to establish age, resident status, address or even existence of a person. It calls to question the use of Aadhaar in governance and financial systems.
 
The UIDAI has refused information about the enrolment operators and supervisors registered with the UIDAI. Only 20 registrar’s 8 state governments and 12 PSUs (public sector undertakings) had hired enrolment agencies who hired these operators. The 20 Registrars put together do not have a geographical reach to the 707 districts, 600,000 villages and 5,000 towns and cities of India. With the information of enrolment operators being withheld, the entire enrolment process to create the world’s largest biometric database is called to question.
 
The Supreme Court of India is hearing more than 22 PILs challenging the use of Aadhaar. The RTI replies make it evident that two successive governments have been taken for a complete ride by private interests controlling the Aadhaar ecosystem. The entire Aadhaar database is not worth the cost of the media used to store it and is the biggest technology scam since the invention of computers. It possesses the biggest risk to national security as every database in the country capable of identifying the citizens and beneficiaries is being replaced or destroyed by the Aadhaar database. Linking, seeding or using Aadhaar to construct or replace existing databases will make it impossible to protect the country’s economic, social, security and governance processes as they fail to identify threats, frauds, corruption, money laundering, and cyber war.
 
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    Mahesh S Bhatt

    3 years ago

    This is classix one sided you responsible we irresponsible OK types contract for rape like Baba Ram Rahim Guffa
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    Sanjeev B

    3 years ago

    I'm not so worried about document verification - UIDAI does not claim to do that. The more serious issue is of "The UIDAI also admitted that the biometric data of an individual does not pull up a unique record". Here I think the biometric is one set of inputs but not the only set, to achieve uniqueness. The other parameters would be the name, postcode, city of record, date of birth and so on. The way the system is set up, it gives a yes / no response with a certain statistical degree of confidence. It does not and cannot give a response with a 100% degree of certainty. This is a scientific and realistic setup if we're looking at the world's largest human database. If this means that the UIDAI has to admit that nothing in its response system can be guaranteed 100%, it doesn't mean that the entire system is wrong. It just means that there is a degree of error in the system that is non-zero. So please, let's not jump to conclusions and trash the complete system. Complex systems like this require continuous improvement to reduce the error percentage further. It is still a very reliable system with very real benefits.

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    Meenal Mamdani

    In Reply to Sanjeev B 3 years ago

    Thank you for your reasoned response to this item.
    It is a shame that Indians create an uproar whenever something does not work perfectly. Hardly anything in life does.
    There is so little trust between citizens and govt and also between citizens, that so much that could be accomplished gets bogged down in trying to dispel rumors.
    India desperately needs judicial reform. We need more judges so we can get swifter justice. Most people in India will only transact business with whom they "know" because if they are defrauded then it could take decades to get justice.

    If India enacts judicial reform just as it has enacted economic reform then not only the economy will blossom but so will the relations between people.

    c babu challa

    3 years ago

    This is very surprising and frightening to know AAdhar has no aadhar to collect documents that are being collected. The RTI and the arguments by Advocate Shyam diwan should be enough for Supreme Court to conclude without any delay and damage to the public who are yet to be aadharfied.

    Kalpesh Thakkar

    3 years ago

    I have a Video of cheater PM Modi who was extremely against Aadhaar Card when he was CM and wanted to be PM. By making false promises where to get rid of Aadhaar was one of them, he has cheated 125 Crore Citizens of India and no Court will suomoto take any action against him though he is absolutely guilty. Jaitley & BJP are controlling the CJI and SC.

    Nandan Maluste

    3 years ago

    Meanwhile, we are badgered to Aadhaar every thing!

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    Bhupendra Mahajan

    In Reply to Nandan Maluste 3 years ago

    Except election voting cards!

    Dayananda Kamath

    3 years ago

    The Aadhaar was introduced to provide subsidy benefits to illegal emigrants and subsequently to give them credibility for citizenship and to pocket the govt benefits in benami names showing this identification as foolproof.
    In their enthusiasm to be tech savvy Modiji was trapped and continued it with the flawed scheme as they saw an opportunity to monitor every one and can misuse the data for selective prosecution when needed.
    So it is a dangerous trap, hope judiciary also do not fall into this trap. There is every chance with its remark fear of misuse not enough to scrap a law. So you can bring a law and implement it till your misuse is challenged, and spending years in judicial process, then even winning will not be justified.

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    Pankaj

    In Reply to Dayananda Kamath 3 years ago

    BJP is just continuing the trend previous Congress government set.

    S A Narayan

    3 years ago

    I hope the petitioners , bring this RTI response to the attention of the SC, in the ongoing hearings on Aadhaar validity.

    SuchindranathAiyerS

    3 years ago

    UIDAI is honest. It is the Jaitley-Prasad Modi Sarkar that adopted Aadhar like so many other Khangress policies and enforced it foolishly on untested and unverified assumptions to look "Tech Savvy" Bright Boys. When Nilekani sold Aadhar to the Khangress what were his claims?

    Arundhati Deshmukh

    3 years ago

    We the citizens of this country are being taken for a ride,is there a need for further debate on this ?

    Ramesh Bajaj

    3 years ago

    One more shocking admission. So what is the solution for some one who has submitted Aadhar? Is he at risk?

    Uttarakhand government spends Rs68.59 lakh on tea, snacks: RTI
    An RTI has revealed that the BJP government in Uttarakhand led by Trivendra Singh Rawat has spent a whopping Rs 68.59 lakh in nine months on tea and snacks.
     
    The Right To Information request was sent by Hemant Singh Gaunia to the Bharatiya Janata Party government here on December 19, 2017. 
     
    He sought to know the expenditure incurred on tea and snacks ever since the Rawat government took over the reins of the state on March 18, 2017.
     
    In response the government has informed that "68 lakh, 59 thousand and 865 rupees have been spent under this head".
     
    The money has been spent by the Ministers and other officials in entertaining guests, specifically on tea and snacks, it said.
     
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    Bombay HC rejects Maharashtra’s appeal against paying Rs1 lakh as cost to RTI activist
    The Bombay High Court had rejected a plea by Maharashtra government to review an order passed by the Court asking the State to pay costs of Rs1 lakh to a petitioner. 
     
    The Bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Anil Menon, in an order said, “This person has helped unearth a scam, a problem within your system and has helped you save on a lot of money. But the State feels paying him is burdensome. The application is rejected.”
     
    In November last year, the HC had asked the State government to pay Rs1 lakh to Pune-based Shrikant Karve as cost incurred to obtain vital documents related with the case and appearing in person several times for the hearing. “The orders and the documents placed on record will show that repeatedly he (Karve) took recourse to the provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 and obtained vital information. Only because of his efforts that fraud played by one officer at Pune could be detected. Considering the nature of prayers made in the Petition, the nature of the directions sought and nature of directions issued, the petitioner has absolutely no personal interest. He has attended the Court on several occasions after disposal of public interest litigation (PIL) though he is a resident of Pune.
     
    Considering the role played by the petitioner, as a condition precedent for allowing Civil Application (St) No.30305 of 2017, we direct the State Government to pay costs quantified at Rs1 lakh to the petitioner appearing in person. The amount shall be paid within a period of one month from today. We are issuing this direction as the petitioner must have incurred huge expenditure on travelling and on applying for information under the RTI Act,” the HC Bench had said in its order on 17 November 2017.
     
    However, the State government decided to appeal against the direction of paying Rs1 lakh as cost to Mr Karve. The application filed by the government through Additional Transport Commissioner, contended that paying such a cost would put a burden on the exchequer. 
     
    Abhinandan Vagyani, Counsel for the State government informed the Court that during a meeting chaired by Diwakar Raote, Minister for State Transport, it was decided to file an appeal urging the Court for review of its order. “Mr Karve had filed number of petitions and during earlier orders, the state government paid costs to him. Ultimately, this is public money when payment is made through the exchequer and when cost has been paid earlier there is no need to pay the cost again," Adv Vagyani contended. 
     
    The Bench, however, rejected the application and directed the State government to pay Rs1 lakh as cost to Mr Karve. 
     
    In its earlier order too, the HC had asked the State government not to treat this PIL as an adversarial litigation and to take prompt action. It had stated, “…considering the aspect of road safety and safety of citizens, the mandatory provisions which are incorporated in the statutory Rules for testing of vehicles for issuing fitness certificates are scrupulously followed. There is no reason for the State to take this litigation as an adversarial litigation. In fact, the final directives issued in the judgment show that there are various directions issued to ensure that various kinds of facilities including providing additional staff is made available to the Transport Offices in the State. Even the directions issued to the Union of India are to ensure smooth functioning of the Transport Department of the State. We hope and trust that as the complete failure of the State machinery to abide by the directions issued by this Court has been brought to the notice of the Minister, now the State will not treat this litigation as an adversarial litigation and will take prompt steps.”
     
    Mr Karve, a business from Pune had filed a PIL in 2013 in the Bombay HC over malpractices taking place in Regional Transport Office (RTO) during issuance of fitness certificate for vehicles. With documents obtained under RTI, Mr Karve revealed how one RTO officer Dilip Mane, claimed to have checked 200 vehicles in a single day, an impossible task for a single vehicle inspector. Out of these 200 vehicles, cleared by Mane in one day, 74 were public transport vehicles. Mr Mane was later suspended following an enquiry by the Transport Department.   
     
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    sunil

    3 years ago

    State must shade ego and encourage such citizens.Pity that public pleader meakly follow political bosses.Is CM listening?

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