Here is a partial list ofActs violated in the year 2017 alone from the imposition of Aadhaar.

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005


  1. Section 4 of Schedule II, “No job card can been cancelled except when it is found to be duplicate, or if the entire household has permanently migrated to a place outside the Gram Panchayat and no longer lives in the village.”

National Food Security Act, 2013

  1. “3. (1) Every person belonging to priority households, identified under sub-section (1) of section 10, shall be entitled to receive five kilograms of foodgrains per person per month at subsidised prices specified in Schedule I from the State Government under the Targeted Public Distribution System.”
  2. “8. In case of non-supply of the entitled quantities of foodgrains or meals to entitled persons under Chapter II, such persons shall be entitled to receive such food security allowance from the concerned State Government to be paid to each person, within such time and manner as may be prescribed by the Central Government.”
  3. “24. (4) In case of non-supply of the entitled quantities of foodgrains or meals to entitled persons under Chapter II, the State Government shall be responsible for payment of food security allowance specified in section 8.”
  4. “30. The Central Government and the State Governments shall, while implementing the provisions of this Act and the schemes for meeting specified entitlements, give special focus to the needs of the vulnerable groups especially in remote areas and other areas which are difficult to access, hilly and tribal areas for ensuring their food security.”

Right to Information Act, 2005 (on non disclosure of methodology of alleged “savings” and “fake persons”):

  1. 4 (1) (b)  (xii) “Every public authority shall publish the manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes.”
  2. 4 (1) (c)  Every public authority shall publish all relevant facts while formulating important policies or announcing the decisions.”

The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016:

  1. 7.  “Provided that if an aadhaar number is not assigned to an individual, the individual shall be offered alternate and viable means of identification for delivery of the subsidy, benefit or service.”
  2. 47. (1) “No court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under this Act, save on a complaint made by the Authority or any officer or person authorised by it.”
Vidyut is a commentator on socio-political issues with a keen understanding of tech and policy. She has been observing and commenting on Aadhaar since 2010 from a perspective of human rights, democracy and technological robustness.

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