National Conference objects to linking utilities with Aadhaar

NC questioned purpose of linking utility services with Aadhaar as most people in J&K have not got their Aadhaar cards due to non-payment of dues by the government.

Jammu, Feb 5: National Conference today questioned the purpose of linking various utility services with Aadhaar, as most of the people in Jammu and Kashmir were yet to get the cards due to non-payment of dues by the PDP-BJP government to the agency designated to issue unique identification numbers.

“It is intriguing to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of various schemes notwithstanding the fact that a sizable segment of population is yet to be covered under Aadhaar programme,” senior NC leaders said in a joint statement. They said such a decision reflects the disconnect of the insensitive coalition government with the people. They said the non-seriousness of the government in bringing the entire population under the Aadhaar net is “deplorable”.

“Linking Aadhaar with supply of rations will deprive people, especially those living in rural and far-flung areas, from the food support due to unrealistic policies and poor governance,” the statement reads. They urged the government either to withdraw this rider or ensure Aadhaar cards to every citizen on war-footing basis before the deadline of April.

“National Conference has raised the issue in the Assembly with regard to release of payment to the Aadhaar card issuing agency, which has since closed its centres across the state,” it said. Besides Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, signatories to the joint statement included former ministers Surjeet Singh Slathia, Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Syed Mushtaq Ahmed Bukhari, Abdul Gani Malik, Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo and Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhy.