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Aug 11, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
Since the #Ujjwala LPG connection scheme was (paid) trending last week, it may be useful to discuss its relationship to the ongoing Aadhaar data catastrophe, and specifically to the furore surrounding R.S. Sharma's latest contribution on the issue. (1/7) Here is R.S. Sharma's response to the controversy. (2/7)
May 8, 2018 6 tweets 1 min read
"Aadhaar is the biggest fraud in the country."

- Ananth Kumar, BJP MP for Bangalore South "I have always been saying Aadhaar is niraadhaar."

- Ananth Kumar, BJP MP for Bangalore South
May 7, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
Of Aadhaar and "vested interests": A short thread 19feb16: "Microsoft is working with the Indian government to link Skype with the Aadhaar database".…
Apr 7, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
Note to journalists:

Want to blow the lid off a scandal far larger than Cambridge Analytica?

Just ask this one simple question - how? If that's too difficult, here's how you break it down:

1) How many of these 30 crore+ voters *personally and specifically linked* their voter ID to an Aadhaar number (including auditable evidence of prior informed consent)?

Feb 15, 2018 21 tweets 6 min read
This is another story the UIDAI *really* hopes people have forgotten about.……
Jan 4, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
@nixxin "For online grievances, no mechanism is available at PG [Public Grievance] portal through which the requisite information may be sorted or quantified. No such record is being maintained for offline grievances.” @nixxin "Any disclosure of the UIDAI grievance database, which essentially forms a part of the UIDAI CIDR operations, therefore, would have an impact on national security".

- the UIDAI…
Nov 21, 2017 4 tweets 1 min read
Sahi. For Servam, it's these guys:
Nov 7, 2017 10 tweets 3 min read
Latest data on the Aadhaar enrolment crisis: (1/10) Largely unreported, the Aadhaar enrolment infrastructure has finally collapsed under the weight of its own dysfunction. The table below shows that the number of operators reported blacklisted (49,000) is now equivalent to *122.5%* of total active operators (40,000). (2/10)
Nov 2, 2017 7 tweets 2 min read
The Aadhaar 'savings' lie: a deconstruction

Total 'saving' claimed: Rs. 57,029 crore
Actual saving *before costs*: Rs. 174 crore

Full breakdown and list of sources below. (1/7) Source for detailed breakdown of the Rs. 36,144 crore claim: Lok Sabha Unstarred Question 1692 (25.11.16). Link: (2/7)
Oct 30, 2017 6 tweets 2 min read
Remember the UIDAI’s announcement in November 2015 that it had appointed international audit and consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to audit and review Aadhaar security? (1/6)… PwC has been deeply embedded in the Aadhaar program since its inception, and the firm is also responsible for operating the Servam database-linking program (Project architect: Ravi Goyal; Lead directors: Ashwani Mahaldar and Vikram Sharma), (2/6)
Oct 24, 2017 5 tweets 2 min read
Latest data on duplicate Aadhaar numbers: (1/5) Largely unnoticed, the govt just *almost doubled* the disclosed figure for total Aadhaar numbers cancelled (not just ‘deactivated’). In answer to Lok Sabha SQ255 (02.08.17), the govt stated that ‘during the last 3 years, about 5 lakh Aadhaar have been cancelled’. (2/5)
Oct 23, 2016 6 tweets 2 min read
1. Notable provisions of the recently notified Aadhaar regulations on Aadhaar deactivation and cancellation: 2. Aadhaar numbers can be deactivated by the UIDAI *at any time* and *on any basis* ‘as deemed appropriate by the Authority’.