Aadhar linked to Food Security Card: Outrageous move by the Govt
Imagine you are a member of a very large village in a mystical kingdom. Two generations back this village had struggled devotedly against external domination; achieved self-sufficiency; and gained respect in the society. It is now one of the most prosperous groups of people in the kingdom and is gradually learning to boost its productivity in terms of wealth and education. Although there are a considerable number of drawbacks in many families but the members are collectively striving to better themselves, learn from mistakes and protect one another from any kind of harm.
One of the major characteristics of this village that has been applauded by the neighbours is the diverse nature of its people and how they are miraculously united in a spirit of brotherhood. There is a great deal of personal freedom which every member of the village enjoys irrespective of his/her family background, mentality or beliefs.
Now, the villagers appoint a new Head who is entrusted with the responsibilities to look after various internal and external affairs. After coming to power he wants to keep track of the movements of every inhabitants of the village in the mystical land. He appoints his wicked magical crows who will keep an eye on everybody including you. The crows will report your every activity throughout the day to the village Head even if you do not have any malicious intention. If you try to shoo away the crow, you will not be recoginsed as an inhabitant of the village.
How would you feel?
In case you haven’t realised it yet, the much hyped Aadhar scheme is doing the same to you. In one of our posts we have discussed in length about the shortcomings of this UIDAI project and how it is just a noise making vessel without any substance. Prominent Member of the Rajya Sabha, Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar has been trying to raise awareness on privacy issues that are bound to come up with the collection of biometric data of 1.2 billion Indians. He had also logically argued against the explanations and false promises provided by the UPA in support of the UIDAI project. You can read his complete article here.
Now you will need an Aadhar Card to get ration! What if you don’t have one?
Having said this, let us come to another disastrous consequence that the people will have to face because of the implementation of Aadhar. The Food Security Bill was passed by the UPA in September 2013 that aimed to provide food grains to almost two-third of India’s population at a subsidized rate. The purpose of this was to lend a helping hand to the homeless and destitutes in India and allow them to feed their hungry stomachs.
Sounds like a benevolent government starting a noble initiative right? Now here comes the twist.
The Delhi Government declared that it is mandatory for a citizen to have an Aadhar Card in case he/she wishes to reap the benefits of Food Security scheme. The fact is it is not so easy to get an Aadhar card especially if you are an immigrant or destitute or homeless. The irony is these are the people whose entitlement to the scheme must be the top priority of the government. Linking Aadhar to Food Security will only add to the problems. There’s many people who have been unable to get their Aadhar cards for no fault of their own. Will the government now find a new excuse of not having an Aadhar card for not providing subsidies to the beneficiaries?
A petition was filed by Ram Kishan in Delhi High Court against this decision of the Government. The petition submits that Delhi government’s guidelines under the Act ask for Aadhar details for identifying the eligible households and the last date for submission of the applications for the food security card is March 15. The petitioner pointed out that the Supreme Court had said that no person should suffer for not having an Aadhaar card and it is not mandatory for getting social welfare benefits. Justice Manmohan has sent the matter to a larger bench of the high court that is likely to hear it on March 7th.
I presume being able to enjoy the luxury of reading this blog post on a computer or mobile, you will never actually need the Food Security scheme to help you. However, do give a thought for the millions and millions of destitutes in India whose only worry is about the next meal; the impoverished kids in a large poverty-stricken family who might not be able to receive subsidies for not having an Aadhar card, something which doesn’t have any practical use. Do not forget to share it amongst your friends and family and make them aware of the real scenario behind the Aadhar scheme.