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Nw : ‘Surveillance Tactic’: Pass to Attain J&Okay Interior most Database Regulations Attracts Fierce Criticism

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration’s switch to raise in a rules for developing a within most database of the total households in the Union territory has invited a solid backlash with the opposition raising concerns over the protection of non-public data.

The coverage was unveiled by J&Okay’s lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha on November 27 at the 25th Nationwide Convention on e-Governance at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi College in Jammu’s Katra metropolis. The disclosing programme was also attended by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Prerna Suri, commissioner secretary of J&Okay’s IT department, the nodal agency for preparing the database, told PTI files agency that the scheme for data assortment would be “at par with Haryana’s ‘Parivaar Pehchaan Patra’. She acknowledged the database would resolve the hassles for beneficiaries who need to post documents each time they capture to avail various govt schemes and subsidies.

In September final yr, Haryana enacted The Parivar Pehchan Act 2021, below which Haryana Parivar Pehchan Authority, headed by the manager minister, has been space up for amassing info of the residents of the tell. Collectively with customary info equivalent to ‘identify’ and ‘residential take care of’, the Act calls upon the authority to earn info about the ‘engagement’, ‘caste’, ‘annual earnings’, ‘educational qualification’ and ‘monetary institution info’ of the residents.

The Act states that the details shall be verified through existing data and field surveys followed by allocating a undeniable alphanumeric ID to each and each family which will then be old by other people for availing advantages of various social welfare programmes, subsidies and schemes of the govt..

Per Digital J&Okay Imaginative and prescient Doc, the authority in J&Okay would “identify every family in J&Okay” and “earn the elemental data of the family, supplied with the consent of the family, in a digital structure” to organize a undeniable ID for every and each family.

“Every family shall be supplied with a undeniable alpha-numeric code known as JK Household ID. The details on hand in the family database would be old to resolve eligibility through automatic selection of beneficiaries for receiving social advantages,” the document states.

Fierce criticism 

Nonetheless, the opposition has termed the selection as a “waste of resources” and a “surveillance tactic” which will “deepen the suspicion” in opposition to the Union govt in Jammu and Kashmir. Given the principle breach of files servers of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, and the College of Kashmir, there are concerns over the protection of non-public data.

The text of the draft Data Protection Bill, circulated by the ministry and being considered by the committee, is also not publicly available. Credit: Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski

Representative image. Photograph: Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski

Speaking to The Wire, used chief minister Mehbooba Mufti acknowledged that the selection to space up a original non-public database displays the “paranoia” in the govt.. “Following the events of 2019, other people of Kashmir are being considered with deep suspicion. This switch will tighten the iron grip on their lives and this can also widen the belief deficit between New Delhi and J&Okay,” she acknowledged.

The coverage document notes that every and each the relevant rules and rules maintaining data protection shall be prolonged to mask the J&Okay database and an “data security coverage” and “acceptable cyber security framework” shall be formulated to “thwart risks and offer protection to sensitive and foremost data”.

Risks eager 

Nonetheless, J&Okay’s senior superintendent of police (security), M.Y. Kichloo, admitted that the menace of “vulnerabilities and prospects of cyber assaults will live” in the case of storage of files in a digital structure.

“We are able to face the same concerns in Jammu and Kashmir which would per chance per chance per chance be confronted at some stage in the country viz- a-viz data. On every occasion a database is ready by the govt., an IT audit is performed by consultants,” he told PTI.

Referring to the sizzling breach of the AIIMS and the Kashmir College servers, Tanvir Sadiq, chief spokesperson of the Nationwide Convention acknowledged that the selection “will in spite of the entirety establish records of every citizen of J&Okay at menace”. “The administration has its priorities tousled. In spot of specializing in the availability of existing schemes and serving to other people through this refined time, they are developing extra work for themselves and further difficulties for folk,” he acknowledged.

Senior leader of Peoples Convention, Nizamuddin Bhat, acknowledged that the selection will trigger extra concern as an alternative of creating lifestyles simpler for folk. “Now we have every motive to doubt the bonafides of this administration which has been doing a type of things in the identify of security and making lifestyles cosy for folk. The administration is compounding these doubts by rolling out coverage decisions which will yield nothing in the future,” Bhat acknowledged.

Chief spokesperson of J&Okay Congress, Ravinder Sharma, acknowledged that the administration can also soundless “expose the necessity of introducing a coverage of Haryana” into Jammu and Kashmir. “Residents at some stage in the country already have a undeniable ID in the secure of Aadhaar. We’re no longer in opposition to digitisation but what is the guarantee that the details won’t be compromised,” Sharma told The Wire, along with that the administration can also soundless “reassess” the selection.

“Why is the govt. drawn to sparkling the total info, along with non-public info, about the residents of J&Okay most sensible? Let the administration first fulfill the opposite people about the advantages and expose the contours of the original coverage sooner than enforcing it,” Sharma acknowledged.

Suri, the commissioner secretary of J&Okay’s IT department, didn’t answer to repeated calls from The Wire on the necessity of getting one other database about the residents of J&Okay. The officer be taught a listing of questions sent to her over WhatsApp but she didn’t answer. The myth shall be updated if and when her response is got.

Echoing Sharma, Sadiq, the Nationwide Convention leader, acknowledged that the administration can also soundless focal level on “changing into responsive” to public demands.

“Why can also soundless there be one other ‘odd ID’ for folk in J&Okay? Isn’t Aadhar ample? The administration would be effectively knowledgeable to reinforce the availability of existing schemes fairly than getting tempted by cheap praise from the BJPwhich merely betrays the political nature of their administrative decisions,” Sadiq told The Wire.


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