Switch off your mobiles
at 11 am on 11/11
Earlier this year, the government ordered us to link our mobile connections to our Aadhaar numbers or have our mobile connections cut off.
NO hesitation in jumping the gun even as the legal challenge to Aadhaar comes up for hearing in the Supreme Court!
NO qualms against violating our Constitutional right to privacy!
NO concern that telecom operators will use our data for commercial purposes!
NO protection from use of personal data for targeting and profiling!
The government can behave like this because it thinks that we citizens will not push back.
Let’s show them they’re wrong.
LET’S TELL THEM WE ARE NOT FOR SALE.
Switch off your mobile phone for 30 minutes at 11am on 11/11
And let’s repeat EVERY DAY for the next 30 days.
And don’t forget to send an SMS or mail to your service provider to tell them why you’re doing this.
Below is a template draft that you could email your mobile service provider and to TRAI:
In response to your drive to update Aadhaar I would like to draw your attention to the following:
1. More than a dozen PILs including several challenging the Aadhaar and its linking to various databases are pending before the Supreme Court. In the meantime the order dated Oct 15th 2015 of a five member bench headed by the then Chief Justice of India reiterated all its previous orders in the matter of WP(C) 494/2013 continue to hold force. In particular we draw your attention that the court has stated that:
(a) “We will also make it clear that the Aadhaar card Scheme is purely voluntary and it cannot be made mandatory till the matter is finally decided by this Court one way or the other”.
(b) “We impress upon the Union of India that it shall strictly follow all the earlier orders passed by this Court commencing from 23.09.2013”.
(c) In its first order of September 23, 2013 court had highlighted that “In the meanwhile, no person should suffer for not getting the Aadhaar card inspite of the fact that some authority had issued a circular making it mandatory”. No-one can cause any person to suffer inspite of any authority having mandated Aadhaar. Any coercion to link would amount to causing suffering and a contempt of the Supreme Court of India.
2. Furthermore, the use of Aadhaar for linking to other databases, retention, storage or publishing is not only not permitted but prohibited and also a punishable offence under sections 8, 29 and 37 the The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act 2016. Anyone asking to retain, link, store or publish the Aadhaar, will be in violation of the Aadhaar Act.
3. I have already provided many alternate means of identification on the basis of which you have been providing the service so far.
4. Since Aadhaar was introduced in September 2010, citizens have been cut off from essential services, and there are growing concerns around big data collection and identity theft. The multiple problems surrounding Aadhaar — its data errors, “deactivation” of genuine people, personal data exposed — have convinced me that Aadhaar linking serves no purpose except to create a surveillance over me.
I trust you will bring these facts to the attention of anyone in your organisation who insist on mandating Aadhaar. I am also sure you will raise complaints and serve notices, to appropriate authorities, to protect my rights, and ensure my rights do not suffer in any way because of coercion, and contempt of the orders of the Supreme Court, or violation of the The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act 2016.
Thanks and No2UID.
Mobile Service Provider emails IDs.
Airtel: firstname.lastname@example.org ,
Vodafone: email@example.com ,
Jio firstname.lastname@example.org ,
BSNL: email@example.com ,
Cellular Operators Association of India firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE MARK A COPY OF EMAIL TO
1) HONOURABLE MINISTER (LAW & JUSTICE, ELECTRONICS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY) MLJOFFICE@GOV.IN
2) TELECOM REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF INDIA CP@TRAI.GOV.IN ,
3) AND SECRETARY TELECOM SECY-DOT@NIC.IN
If you prefer to SMS mobile service providers to stop illegally requiring Aadhaar:
For Airtel : Please contact: Shakyasingha Das m: 9831049835 e: email@example.com
Vodafone : Please contact: Gowtham Gowda m: 9923006663 e: Gowtham.Gowda1@Vodafone.com
BSNL : Please contact: Siddharth Gabiyal p: 01123708125 m: 9868142999 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Idea Cellular illegally requiring Aadhaar? Please contact: Rahul Vatts m: 9891005951 e: email@example.com
Reliance Jio illegally requiring Aadhaar? Please contact: Arvind Tiwari m: 9987702300 e: Arvind.Tiwari@ril.com
@Sushubh Aircel contact: N.L. Garg m: 9810121026 e: firstname.lastname@example.org