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Mamata Condemns Centre's Decision to Make Aadhar Compulsory For Mid-day Meals
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday condemned the Centre's decision to make Aadhar cards mandatory for availing the mid-day meal scheme and accused it of snatching the rights of the poor.
"Now even infants (0-5 years) will need Aadhar cards? aadhaar card for mid-day meals and ICDS? Shocking! 100 Days' Work also not spare. Instead of helping the poorest of the poor, the downtrodden and our favorite children, why are their rights being snatched away?," Banerjee said in a tweet.
"In the name of Aadhaar, privacy is being lost and there is extortion. Why is this Govt so negative? As a nation, we must condemn this," she said.
Cook-cum-helpers working under the scheme as well as student beneficiaries will now be required to have an Aadhaar card to avail the facility following the HRD ministry mandate in a move to link the Aadhaar number with subsidy schemes related to school education.
The Department of School Education and Literacy(DSEL) under the Human Resource Development ministry has decided to give a window till June 30 to those who do not have an Aadhaar card yet.
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