“Another surveillance tool”: Mehbooba Mufti slams ‘unique family ID’ proposal

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said the Jammu and Kashmir administration’s plan to create a ‘unique family ID’ for residents of the Union Territory is another “surveillance tool”.

Mufti who said Kashmiris are viewed with suspicion, alleged that the new plan is emblematic of the widening “trust deficit” after the 2019 abrogation of Article 370.

“Creating ‘a unique family ID’ for J&K residents is emblematic of the widening trust deficit esp post 2019,” Mufti tweeted.

“Kashmiris are viewed with deep suspicion & this is another surveillance tactic to tighten the iron grip on their lives,” she said.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration is planning to create an authentic database of all families in the Union Territory with each of them having a unique alpha-numeric code, news agency PTI reported.

The proposed move to allot “Family ID” has been welcomed by the Hindutva party but slammed by other parties which raised concerns over personal data safety.