Three brothers died in July and while the ration dealer says their family was not given rations because they did not have Aadhaar cards, the authorities have blamed alcoholism and not starvation for their deaths.
While the government says Santoshi Kumari died of malaria, her family and activists say it was because she hadn’t eaten for eight days.
Vinod Dua discusses the latest data on rising unemployment in India and the government’s confusing signals on Aadhaar.
The World Bank’s estimate that Aadhaar has the potential to save $11 billion in subsidies every year has repeatedly been used by the Cente to justify the programme. But does this figure hold up under close scrutiny?
Is the Aadhaar system as a method of unique identification better than what we had before? Will it curb corruption and fraud even if India’s bureaucratic and administrative apparatus doesn’t play ball?
An internal NCPI-commissioned study shows that BHIM and BHIM-Aadhaar are being weighed down by implementation and design issues in semi-urban and rural areas.
Former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi talks about the recent right to privacy judgment, his objections to it, paranoia surrounding the Aadhaar and more.
“I did not mean that, that privacy is nothing. I only placed the position of the Supreme Court judgements.”
A National Security Council Secretariat-appointed committee will pick up where the UN GGE left off and study how cyber norms for India’s digital development platforms can be formulated.
To evaluate the role data plays, we need to understand if data in its modern avatar is more akin to being pey – a vampire-like evil spirit – or bhutham – a friendly ghost.
The Delhi high court-appointed commissioner says beneficiaries are denied rations for not possessing Aadhaar and suggested that the food department pay compensation.
The Supreme Court has said that now that the deadline has been extended, it will hear a batch of Aadhaar-related petitions in November.
The court’s judgment implies that the state will have to be cautious of its activities even before it begins implementing them. Projects or initiatives that involve collection of personal data would have to take into account explicit limitations on how such information can be used.
The last 24 hours have been witness to a fundamental shift in the way our legal regime considers our routine actions. However, the battle has just begun.
Digital privacy is a subset of the right to privacy, which can be fully exercised only if a good data protection system is in place.
A few hours after today’s judgment, Union minister for information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad noted, “Even a fundamental right to privacy has limitations.” We are yet to see what these limitations will be.
The judgment overrules the 1961 Kharak Singh verdict.
Activists accuse government, UIDAI of not taking corrective steps and challenge CEO Ajay Pandey to put up details of those who have been punished for Aadhaar-based exclusion.
There is no official data to back up the prime minister’s claim that the use of “Aadhaar and technology” had led to the discovery of nearly 4 crore bogus ration cards.
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“It will provide an effective method to prevent identity fraud. It will also help in recording the identity of the deceased person,” the home ministry said.
The Supreme Court’s upcoming verdict on the right to privacy could have a serious impact on society.
Decision on whether privacy can be considered a fundamental right is likely to come out by end of August.
The judges may still be able to articulate the manner in which limits for a right to privacy may be arrived at, without explicitly specifying them.
Not only do difficult questions need to be answered and competing interests be weighed, but consequent policy also needs to be made to ensure a balanced state of affairs.
The Maharashtra government’s lawyer added that privacy wasn’t an exact concept, so couldn’t be treated as a fundamental right yet.
A nine-judge constitution bench is hearing arguments in the case on whether right to privacy is a fundamental right.
Dystopia is visible everywhere, from the heightened surveillance through CCTVs and Aadhaar, to the constructed fear of citizens seen as ‘foreign’ due to what they eat, watch and wear.
If the government wants to protect the data of individuals collected by private entities, why does it deny the same under the Aadhaar scheme?
The court cannot simply declare privacy to be a fundamental right. It needs to explore its contours, including implications for the right to free speech.
While some people allege they have been excluded from the MGNREGA system altogether because their Aadhaar cards weren’t linked, others say wages are going into wrong accounts because of incorrect seeding.
Senior counsel Gopal Subramanium told the apex court that the right to privacy is a pre-existing natural right which is inherent in the constitution.
A centralised and inter-linked database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom.
While transaction costs have increased in the PDS and vulnerable people are being left out of the government pension system after Aadhaar linkage, the benefits aren’t clearly visible.
In India’s Big Government: The Intrusive State and How It’s Hurting Us, Vivek Kaul paints a grim picture of the economy and focuses on areas from banks to education in which the government plays a decisive, and all too often negative, role.
Over 5 lakh scholarships remained unpaid for over a year and yet no one raise a hue and cry. After Kejriwal has raised the issue, the chief secretary’s report is awaited.
“No interim order can be passed in mandamus on mere apprehensions. You have to wait for one week. If somebody is deprived [of the benefits], you can point out the same to this court,” the Bench said.
The host of mandatory Aadhaar notifications state that ‘proof of possession’ or ‘authentication’ will suffice to access the required subsidy or service. Of the two phrases, only ‘authentication’ is defined in law.
Until the new notification making Aadhaar compulsory under the government’s Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, healthcare workers say did not even know cash benefits were available.
The Prevention of Money Laundering Act will likely need to be amended for mandatory Aadhaar-bank account linkage. The punishment for non-compliance, however, is without doubt unconstitutional.