"This bill deals with one primary focus and that is: Whoever gets benefit from the Consolidated Fund of India, either state government or the Centre and other institutions -- the person is entitled to have an Aadhaar card."

Arun Jaitley, during the debate in Lok Sabha on March 11, 2016
May 26, 2016: Samsung expects to score over rivals by being the preferred device maker for delivering government services with its iris scanner-equipped tablets for Aadhaar authentication. The company announced its Galaxy Tab Iris, the first tablet equipped with an Aadhaar-certified iris scanner in India.

May 31, 2016: Microsoft’s plan to link its video calling service Skype with the Aadhar database for making authenticated calls with government institutionsand others is expected to move further with Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad indicating his consent to the plan, said a source privy to the minister’s meeting with Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella here on Monday.

June 14, 2016: The Shivmogga Zilla Panchayat has introduced Aadhaar enabled biometric attendance system (AEBAS) in government high schoolsacross the district. Under AEBAS, the teachers should register with ktzpshivamogga.attendance.gov.in, the webportal of the Zilla Panchayat formed to monitor the attendance. After registration, a login ID and password would be provided for the user. The ID would be the first six or the last six digits of the Aadhaar number of the employee. After accessing the portal through the login ID, the attendance should be registered by entering the biometric information which will be authenticated by matching it with the data stored in the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) database.

June 14, 2016: You might soon require an Aadhaar card to file police complaints in Maharashtra.A senior police officer said, "Till date, except police, almost government agencies and departments working in the public domain would seek the identity proof of people availing of their services but this is the first time that the police would be making it mandatory for the complainant to produce his Aadhaar card or provide the Aadhaar number."

Arun Jaitley today:


But wait... the Bill says 'Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services'. How are they allowed to do these other things?

There has been a lot of debate for years about the Aadhaar card. On March 16, Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 was passed as a money bill. During the debate, our finance minister said time and again that the Aadhaar cards will be used specifically for providing subsidies and other financial benefits. He said it, but if anyone had bothered to take a peek into the proposed bill, they would have understood what was going on.

But alas, the bill was brought on a Friday, our representatives had to fly back home. It's "Take out the Trash" day! So, meh.

Changing the bill after it becomes an Act.

Aye. That can be done.

There is a whole Clause 54 left lying around titled "Power of Authority to make Regulations" in the passed Aadhaar Act, 2016. This particular clause lets the government change multiple aspects of the bill by issuing notifications. These notifications are then supposed to be laid formally in both houses of Parliament once the next session begins.

Clause 54: Regulations rock peepal!
Look at these particular subsections. The government can change provisions for any of these without the prior approval of Parliament. Biometric information:
Other Purposes...
Other Tech Safeguards...
Maintaining, updating & deletion of Aadhaar Numbers:
All of these subsections are so bloody vague that they can cover anything that a citizen does. What the heck does "other purposes" even mean?! 

I have never seen anyone in Parliament challenging a notification. Many Acts are slyly changed in this manner. Please note (before you start outraging about how evil the present government is), this phenomenon is not something that was started by the Modi government, all governments in the past have been doing it in one way or the other. By keeping the wordings vague in the proposed bill itself, it gives a leeway for the executive to change it at a later date without consulting Parliament.

But... this has to stop somewhere, right? RIGHT?

What can we do about it now?

Well, nothing, I’m afraid. I just wanted to put it out there. The only public intervention possible wasbefore the Bill became an Act.

Unless the Supreme Court strikes down the Aadhaar Act’s validity or says it’s an invasion of the fundamental right to privacy, the public can’t do anything about it except watch & get Aadhaar cards in the process.

If the SC does strike the Act down, I’m afraid it might be too late. The government is already on an overdrive to get maximum Aadhaar registrations. They are claiming that more than a billion people are now registered, even Aanganwaadis and Government hospitals are doing daily drives to get newborns registered.

I will end with a quote by a wise fictional one eyed man called Alastor “Mad Eye” Moody: