Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had dragged the Centre in court on October 27 for its move to making Aadhaar card mandatory to avail government’s schemes. She had also made a public statement that she would not link her mobile phone with her unique identity number. She had challenged the government, saying if they wanted to disconnect her phone, they could do that.
“They (Centre) are interfering in the people’s rights and privacy. Aadhar number should not be linked with one’s mobile phone. I will not link my Aadhar number with my mobile even if my connection is snapped,” PTI quoted her at the extended core committee meeting of the TMC.
“They (Centre) have unleashed an autocratic rule in the country. No one can raise voice against them, else I-T, ED, CBI will be unleashed,” Banerjee alleged.
The Department of Telecom (DoT) had said through a notification on March 23 that it was mandatory to link mobile numbers with Aadhaar numbers. The Central government has also made Aadhaar mandatory to file income tax returns and to avail welfare schemes.
An 11-year-old girl in Jharkhand’s Simdega allegedly due to starvation after her family was denied grains by a PDS shop due to the unavailability of Aadhaar cards.
“I went to get rice but I was told that no ration will be given to me. My daughter died saying ‘bhat-bhat’,” Koyli Devi, girl’s mother, told ANI.