Mehbooba: Unique IDs for all IIOJK families a ‘surveillance tactic to tighten iron grip’

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People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Monday joined other political parties and groups to raise concern against the Modi regime’s plan to “create an authentic, verified and reliable database of all families” in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Mehbooba Mufti in a tweet said the plan to create unique IDs for all families is another “surveillance tactic to tighten the iron grip” on the lives of Kashmir residents.

She said that the people of Kashmir are viewed with deep suspicion and the proposed plan is “emblematic of the widening trust deficit”, especially after 2019, the year Article 370 providing special status to Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated.

“Creating ‘a unique family ID’ for J&K residents is emblematic of the widening trust deficit especially post 2019. Kashmiris are viewed with deep suspicion & this is another surveillance tactic to tighten the iron grip on their lives,” the former chief minister said in a tweet.

The plan was unveiled at a recent national conference on e-governance in Katra in Reasi district where IIOJK Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar released the “Digital J&K Vision Document”.

According to the vision document, “Each family will be provided with a unique alpha-numeric code called JK Family ID. —KMS