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"No Janani suraksha Facilities for pregnant women without Aadhaar", say MNREGA Workers from MP

"No Janani suraksha Facilities for pregnant women without Aadhaar", say MNREGA Workers from MP

On the third day of the NREGA Sangharsh Morcha hundreds of MNREGA rural workers gathered at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi spoke of the varied problems they are facing due to Aadhaar, a biometrics linked ID, being made mandatory to continue getting essential services.

Tukaram from the Jagrat Adivasi Dalit Sangathan, Madhya Pradesh said that in their village, pregnant women faced enormous problems at the time of delivery. "To call the ambulance by calling 108, we are being to show proof of Aadhaar numbers. A woman worker's delivery was delayed because she forgot to carry her Aadhaar card to the hospital."

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Concerned Citizens Call For Independent Audit of Aadhaar Database

Concerned Citizens Call For Independent Audit of Aadhaar Database

#aadhaar, #National Food Security Act, #High Court, #Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan

In a shocking security breach of Aadhaar, India’s biometric ID project for residents, the police have arrested 10 men in Uttar Pradesh in North India for successfully creating fake biometrics identities in the Aadhaar database, by cloning fingerprints.

On September 11, the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force caught a 10-member gang who have been impersonating the credentials of certified Aadhaar operators both by faking the operators’ fingerprints using photopolymer resin, and by illegally cracking open enrolment software of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

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Delhi HC appointed Commissioner records exclusion from food rations due to Aadhaar

Delhi HC appointed Commissioner records exclusion from food rations due to Aadhaar

#aadhaar, #National Food Security Act, #High Court, #Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan

Delhi High Court appointed Commissioner records exclusion from food rations due to Aadhaar; HC asks Delhi Government to operationalise transparency, grievance redress, accountability provisions of National Food Security Act. 

In a landmark hearing today, a bench of the Delhi High Court comprising Chief Justice Geeta Mittal & Justice C. Hari Shankar said that were appalled to note that the Delhi government had failed to promulgate rules under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) including those related to transparency, grievance redress and accountability provisions despite passage of more than 3 years since the enactment of the law. The Court directed the government to frame Rules and operationalise all provisions of the law in a time-bound manner to ensure proper functioning of ration shops in Delhi. Rules under the law are required to be framed by the State government, but till date the Delhi government had not promulgated any rules.

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Supreme Court affirms the Right to Privacy as a fundamental right

Supreme Court affirms the Right to Privacy as a fundamental right

#aadhaar, #UID, #Supreme Court, #Right to privacy, #Fundamental Right

We welcome the judgment of the Supreme Court affirming the Right to Privacy as a fundamental right. This is a historic day.

This judgment comes to us after a reference in the Aadhaar cases starting in in 2012 where the Union Government in August 2015 argued that the fundamental right to privacy does not exist under the Constitution. Since then the government and UIDAI, the agency managing the Aadhaar database, have consistently argued in Court that Indians have no fundamental privacy and that privacy is a concern only of the elite. These pernicious arguments have finally been laid to rest.

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Get ready for the right to privacy judgement by the Supreme Court

#aadhaar, #Right to privacy, #Supreme Court, #judgement

Tomorrow the Supreme Court of India will decide whether or not Indian citizens have a fundamental right to privacy. This historic decision will have far reaching consequences. A bench of nine judges including the Chief Justice of India, Justice Khehar, Justices Jasti Chelameswar, SA Bobde, RK Agarwal, Rohinton Nariman, AM Sapre, DY Chandrachud, SK Kaul and S Abdul Nazeer have heard the case.

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Activists, Scholars Respond to Various Issues Raised by Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO UIDAI

#aadhaar, #UID, #press conference, #ration cards, #food security, #ABBA

On 8th Aug, 2017, a press conference was organized in Delhi by Satark Nagrik Sangathan, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Right to Food Campaign and Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan to expose the claims of the Government about the benefits of Aadhaar. 

In response to the press conference, the media reported Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO UIDAI, as saying that the findings “arise from a skewed approach” and “misinterpretations”. Further, it was reported that according to him, “to claim that Aadhaar is responsible for denial is a misconstrued fact presented with malafide intent”.

Anjali Bhardwaj, Nikhil Dey, Dipa Sinha & Amrita Johri have written to Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, replying to the various issues raised by him. 

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We are looking for an intern

We are looking for an intern

We are looking for an intern who will work on Rethink Aadhaar’s communications and outreach efforts, as well as monitoring developments and news on the Aadhaar project, which is now the world’s largest biometrics database.

The person will be mentored and guided by several Rethink Aadhaar campaign members, who work in areas of law, social policy, economics research, and advocacy.

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The Tyranny of Aadhaar newsletter, Aug 2017

The Tyranny of Aadhaar newsletter, Aug 2017

#aadhaar, #UID, #ration cards, #food security, #ABBA, #newsletter, #tyranny

Here is the Aug edition of the Tyranny of Aadhaar newsletter, bringing you the real state of Aadhaar roll-out and how it affects crores of Indians across states. So far, the only real beneficiary of Aadhaar is: the State & Corporates, not the citizens. We share relevant data, and findings from the ground on experience of citizens in the Aadhaar project to sift through the false claims made about the biometrics project. Join us in demanding freedom from this new form of digital slavery 70 years after we won Independence

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Press Conference on 8th Aug, 2017 to expose GoI's false claims about benefits of Aadhaar

Press Conference on 8th Aug, 2017 to expose GoI's false claims about benefits of Aadhaar

#aadhaar, #UID, #press conference, #ration cards, #food security, #ABBA

A press conference was held on 8th August 2017 to question the claims of the government about savings due to Aadhaar and about the benefits of Aadhaar in welfare programs and schemes.

On February 7, 2017, the Prime Minister in the Lok Sabha stated that use of Aadhaar and technology led to the discovery of nearly 4 crore (3 crore 95 lakhs) bogus ration cards. Since no details of these 3.95 crore ration cards was available online, an RTI application was filed by Anjali Bhardwaj to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) seeking state-wise break-up of the 3.95 crore bogus rations cards and the names and addresses of all those whose cards were cancelled.

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