Leaking of Aadhaar card details dangerous: Mamata
Kolkata: Comparing the Narendra Modi government with that of Mohammed Bin Tughlaq, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticised the Centre for disclosure of Aadhaar numbers and other personal data in over 210 government websites.
Establishing the inadequate steps taken to protect privacy of the data, an RTI enquiry to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) brought to light that Aadhaar numbers and other details of the card holders were being uploaded on the websites.
It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had earlier slammed the Centre for making linking of Aadhaar with mobile phone number.
On Monday, before leaving Nabanna for North Bengal, the Chief Minister came down heavily at the Centre and stated that "it is dangerous for society and for the country".
She said: "We don't know why such acts are taking place. We already have the PAN card, voter ID card. But I believe what is taking place in the name of the Aadhaar card will be dangerous for any individual and society," she said.
She maintained that there are some people who undertake tasks that doesn't bear any meaning and derive pleasure out of it. After stating this she, without naming, drew parallel between the Modi government with that of Mohammad Bin Tughlaq, who shifted the capital and changed currency. "This is nothing apart from whimsical attitude of a person," she said.
On October 25, in a meeting of her party, Banerjee had earlier accused the Centre of interfering into the privacy of people and declared that she would not link Aadhaar to her phone number. After making the announcement she had stated that she would not link her mobile phone with Aadhaar under any circumstance.
Even earlier, the Chief Minister had criticised the Union government as its various "anti-people" measures had affected the common people of the country. Farmers were badly hit as Aadhaar was made compulsory to avail benefits of crop insurance. The state government also wrote a letter to the Centre regarding the same.