Saturday, July 9, 2011

UIDAI Served With Legal Notices Challenging Its Constitutionality

Aadhar project of India is managed by Nandan Nilekani led unique identification authority of India (UIDAI). It has always remained in controversies since it has been launched.

Neither Aadhar project nor UIDAI are governed by any legal framework and parliamentary oversight. Aadhar project and UIDAI are purely executive projects with no constitutional sanctity. In fact Aadhar project and UIDAI are operating in an “unconstitutional manner”. Even the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has not given a serious thought to the Aadhar project and UIDAI.

Now legal notices have been served upon UIDAI questioning its credentials and constitutionality. The notices have asked the legal sanctity behind the process of acquiring biometric data of people to provide them the 12-digit UID number even before a law on UID comes into force.

The two legal notices issued to UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani on July 5 and July 6 also raise concerns over UID numbers invading the privacy of individuals as these are for multi-utility service use, and would force individuals to leave trails, allowing invasion of their privacy.

Mathew Thomas, general secretary, Citizens’ Action Forum, and V K Somashekhar, founder patron, Coordinated Action of Consumer and Voluntary Organisations of Karnataka (CACVOK), have separately issued legal notices to Nilekani on Tuesday and Wednesday through their respective advocates.