‘Kashmiris viewed with deep suspicion’: Mehbooba on J&K govt’s ‘unique ID’ plan

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People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Monday echoed the concerns raised by opposition parties against the J&K administration’s proposed plan to create an authentic, verified and reliable database of all families of the Union territory. Mufti said the plan to create unique IDs for all families is another “surveillance tactic to tighten the iron grip” on the lives of Kashmir residents.

She alleged that the people of Kashmir are viewed with deep suspicion and the proposed plan is “emblematic of the widening trust deficit”, especially after 2019, the year Article 370 providing special status to Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated.

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“Creating ‘a unique family ID’ for J&K residents is emblematic of the widening trust deficit esp post 2019. Kashmiris are viewed with deep suspicion & this is another surveillance tactic to tighten the iron grip on their lives,” the former chief minister said in a tweet.

The plan was unveiled at a recent national conference on e-governance in Katra in Reasi district where Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar released the Digital J&K Vision Document. The administration said the objective behind the plan was the easy selection of eligible beneficiaries of various social welfare schemes.According to the vision document, “Each family will be provided with a unique alpha-numeric code called JK Family ID. The data available in the family database would be used to determine eligibility through automatic selection of beneficiaries for receiving social benefits.”


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