Tuesday, December 4, 2012

UID is NOT Yours

UID is NOT Yours

We, Gopal, Somasekhar and I, are three who have been campaigning against the obnoxious UID scheme. 

We have published a Monograph with the above title and released it a press meet at Delhi on 27 Nov 2012. 

While many from media attended the meet and even purchased the Monograph, as anticipated, news coverage of the event was meager. 

The reasons are not difficult to understand. Media is gagged indirectly through dark hints and inducements of advertisements. Media is after all a business and business interests of media owners always overtake national interests. 

The Monograph contains articles by six authors who contributed to it. It has news about RTI replies received from UIDAI, which would reveal attempts to hide the dirty secrets about UID from people. It also contains resources from the Internet about UIDAI and its contractors. 

Hard copies are available for purchase. 

A soft copy is available on the clicking the link here.  

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Planning Commission spends Rs. 35 lakh to renovate two toilets in Delhi

Planning Commission spends Rs. 35 lakh to renovate two toilets in Delhi

I always thought it was silly to have separate toilets for staff / workers / managerial persons in organisations. My rationale was that we all have the same biological systems for excretion and physiological relief. It is not that different levels of the organisational hierarchy are Physiologically different.  


The installation of smart cards is interesting. 

During the early days of the debate on UID, a justification was that it has "millions of uses". 

Application builders should note that the UIDAI application portal would soon be updated to include smart toilets to enable application development in the area.  

Well, here is another use of UID, perhaps the best way it could be used. 

After all, if the government is feeding the poor by uniquely identifying them, the government must uniquely identify those who excrete, as an audit to know how much of the intake is coming out! 

The input / output ration would indicate whether the welfare benefits are actually reaching the beneficiaries!

Saturday, May 5, 2012