Aadhaar Claims

Various claims made by UIDAI and others about Aadhaar that do not stand to scrutiny.


CEO of UIDAI Mr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey while speaking to Nitin Sethi of Business Standard in 2016 said that consent of people enrolled with UIDAI was not required. This was said while speaking about how the efficacy of Aadhaar will be monitored and what challenges it faces as it reaches the one-billion enrollment mark, after…

Read More The interview when the CEO of UIDAI said “consent is not required”

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An outrageous interview of Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, the CEO of UIDAI on the day after a Supreme Court order extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar and included Tatkal passports among the list of things Aadhaar couldn’t be asked for. Highlights. On the 13th of March, 2018, the Supreme Court ordered that the government cannot…

Read More CEO of UIDAI manages to overrule, the Supreme Court, lie about SRDHs and shrug off concerns on data protection in one interview


Recent investigations in Jharkhand reveal a clear and disturbing pattern behind the manner in which Aadhaar ended up excluding people from rations, pensions and jobs and generated “fake savings” in the bargain. The pattern is as follows: Step 1: Cancel job cards, ration cards or pensions not linked with Aadhaar. Step 2: Declare that the…

Read More Aadhaar: The Method behind the Madness – Insights from Jharkhand

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The ministry of HRD recently made a claim that 80,000 “ghost teachers” were identified because of Aadhaar. HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar had made this stunning claim: “There are certain ‘ghost’ teachers who use proxy methods and are apparently teaching at multiple places as full-time employees. After the introduction of Aadhaar, 80,000 such teachers have been…

Read More Did Aadhaar help remove 80,000 ghost teachers? Or were real teachers excluded?

Two aadhaars for one person Two aadhaars for one person

One claim made about Aadhaar often is that it “eliminates ghosts”. But does it? No. In fact, Aadhaar is among the easiest ways to create ghosts and it cannot prevent existing ghosts, because it uses the same documentation as proof. For example, if a person has two identities – his real one is Ramprasad Dashrathprasad…

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When The Tribune reported that access to the Aadhaar database was being sold for Rs. 500 on WhatsApp, the UIDAI and BJP attempted to pass it off as fake news. When The Quint backed the news with its own follow up of the story saying that access was being sold in this manner because users…

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An example of an Aadhaar card An example of an Aadhaar card

A research paper published by the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT) concludes that while Aadhaar has brought in biometric authentication on a large scale, “the benefits to the consumers have been mixed, with not much benefit to those in the last mile.” While analysing biometric authentication data from Andhra Pradesh as…

Read More Aadhaar has been far less beneficial than claimed to be