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.
Mahesh S Bhatt
5 years ago
This is classix one sided you responsible we irresponsible OK types contract for rape like Baba Ram Rahim Guffa
Mahesh Bhatt
Sanjeev B
5 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.
Meenal Mamdani
Replied to Sanjeev B comment 5 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
5 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
5 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
5 years ago
Meanwhile, we are badgered to Aadhaar every thing!
Bhupendra Mahajan
Replied to Nandan Maluste comment 5 years ago
Except election voting cards!
Dayananda Kamath
5 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.

Replied to Dayananda Kamath comment 5 years ago
BJP is just continuing the trend previous Congress government set.
S A Narayan
5 years ago
I hope the petitioners , bring this RTI response to the attention of the SC, in the ongoing hearings on Aadhaar validity.
5 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
5 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
5 years ago
One more shocking admission. So what is the solution for some one who has submitted Aadhar? Is he at risk?
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