The opposition National Conference on Sunday questioned the purpose of linking various utility services with Aaadhar saying most of the people in Jammu and Kashmir are 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 Aadhar mandatory for availing benefits of various schemes notwithstanding the fact that a sizable segment of population is yet to be covered under Aadhar programme", senior National Functionaries said in a joint statement, adding that such a decision reflects disconnect of the insensitive coalition government with the people.
They said the non-seriousness of the government in bringing the entire population under the Aadhar net is deplorable.
The NC functionaries blamed the coalition dispensation for "creating hype over every issue without preparing for meeting the obligations."
In this context, they referred to the recent decision of the coalition government, making Aadhar mandatory for availing of rations from April 1 this year and said, "Linking Aadhar 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". They urged the government either to withdraw this rider or ensure Aadhar cards to every citizen on war-footing basis before the deadline of April.
They said that Aadhar has been linked with availing of various benefits like opening of bank accounts, direct transfer of funds on LPG subsidy, Jan Dhan Yojna, seeking of passport, digital lockers, linking of voter cards, drawal of pensions, provident fund and various insurance covers.
Besides Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, signatories to the joint statement included former ministers.