Taking fresh jibe at the Narendra Modi led central government, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today stated the government to be ‘negative’, for making Aadhaar card mandatory in various sectors of the country. Over a series of posts in Twitter, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo questioned whether infants will also require Aadhaar cards from now on. She further asked whether the card will also be required for mid-day meals and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS). Mamata claimed that instead of helping the poor, downtrodden and children of the country, the government is snatching away their rights. She also said that the privacy of the people is under threat with the overuse of Aadhaar cards and this is leading to extortion.
Over a series of tweets, the West Bengal CM said, “Now even infants (0-5 years) will need Aadhar cards? Aadhaar card for mid-day meals and ICDS? Shocking! 100 Days’ Work also not spared. Instead of helping the poorest of the poor, the downtrodden and our favorite children, why are their rights being snatched away?”
She further mentioned, “In the name of Aadhaar, privacy is being lost and there is extortion. Why is this Govt so negative? As a nation, we must condemn this.”
Mamata Banerjee has locked horns with the Prime Minister since the implementation of the demonetisation policy, which imposed a ban on old currency notes of the denomination Rs 500, Rs 1000. The TMC supremo had been constantly hitting out at the BJP led central government, claiming that the ban on notes has escalated pain among the common and poor of the country.
The government has been working on mandating Aadhaar cards in different sectors of the country. Days back, retirement body EPFO had extended the date of submission of Aadhaar number authentication by the members of Employees’ Pension Scheme 1995 up to 31st March 2017. Accordingly, EPFO issued a circular two days before directing that obtaining of Aadhaar should be mandatory for the time being only for the final settlement of Pension (10D claims) and not in withdrawal cases (Form 10C).