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NC decries proposed issuance of Family ID cards in J&K

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Says, govt has its priorities messed up

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Monday said the proposed issuance of unique IDs to families across Jammu and Kashmir is not needed and that the government should instead focus more on the effective deliverance of existing schemes.

Echoing the sentiments of people, the party’s Chief Spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq said that there is already a web of government-issued documents to people through which government agencies determine the identification and subsequent eligibility of beneficiaries for receiving various social welfare benefits and schemes.

“Why is such an exercise needed in the first place? There is already enough data available with the government agencies in terms of Adhaar through which benefits like direct bank transfer (DBT) are reaching end beneficiaries. It’s an utter waste of resources, time, and money. At a time, when the government’s attention should be focused on fixing the development deficit, administrative inertia, and unemployment, it’s focussing on such non-issues,” he added.

“Such proposed exercise should not be a priority of the government while as there are many basic issues which have not been attended to,” Tanvir said adding, “Until and unless the administration does not explain the need for such an exercise when we have other ID’s for exactly the same purpose, the proposed measure would only create more suspicion. At present government agencies, men and machinery should be attending the winter emergencies. Keeping the staff busy with data collection, and leaving people to hanker for basic facilities makes no sense.”

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