Direct Cash Transfer Scheme in PDS is invitation to Starvation Death of Malnourish Tibals and Massive Deforestation-VJAS
Direct cash transfer scheme of subsidy amount to the beneficiaries will adversely effect food starved vidarbha 10 million tribal and down trodden people as cash given to buy food from the market is likely to diverted and families who getting food under Annapurna and Anotyadaya are likely to face starvation and will take away existing food security to majority tribal and backward families presently covered under BPL category of PDS scheme more over reducing kerosene quota drastically has already started massive illicit cutting of forest and having seen the failure of The year-old pilot programme on cash transfers of 25,000 households In Kotkasim, a block in Rajasthan's Alwar district that borders Haryana, now if same is implemented in vidarbha will invite massive deforestation hence we are urging Indian Govt. to suspend the scheme till it’s all implication are not considered and legal status coupled constitutional validity of Aadhaar cards being prepared by the Unique Identification Authority is not approved by law makers in the parliament ,Kishore Tiwari Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed in press release today.
“ We are informed that the central decision lunch scheme for direct cash transfer of subsidy amount to the beneficiaries as poor people will not be able to access their accounts in which the government will transfer the money as it has been our experience that wages under MGNREGA and old aged –widows pension of the people does not reaching them, what is the guarantee that cash will transferred to their accounts on time and will utilized for the purpose ,this is attempt to end the Public Distribution System which would benefit the corporations. The plans to extend the cash transfer scheme to food and cooking gas subsidies, would hurt the poor as poor cannot be left to the mercy of market forces hence we are protesting the scheme ” Tiwari said
It is reported that the year-old pilot programme on cash transfers of 25,000 households In Kotkasim, a block in Rajasthan's Alwar district that borders Haryana has been failed miserably , the numbers tell a revealing story. Kerosene sales here have plummeted by over 70% as across the block, most residents said they had either received no money for one year, or at best just one of four instalments. A ground-level assessment of this pilot project for cash transfer — whereby beneficiaries would get money in their account rather than subsidized goods — is instructional in many ways has failed as residents of Kotkasim's five panchayats say it's persistent delays in the subsidy money reaching them which has made buying kerosene too expensive now they use firewood to cook, and candles when the electricity goes, which is for over half the day and households bank passbooks show they have not received a single rupee in subsidy yet, hence we want Indian parliament should review the scheme and protect tribal and poor ,Tiwari said .
There is big constitutional question mark over legal validity of the much hyped Aadhaar cards being prepared by the Unique Identification Authority which is functioning without any status and rules which will be the sole proof for the government's scheme for direct transfer of cash to a poor person's account where in Bankers are not ready to use Aadhaar cards as ID proof as thousands fraudulent Aadhaar cards are being issued with out any due verification by authorities and few hand people in planning commission are going ahead with distribution of UID numbers and cards to citizens is, bypassing Parliament as collection of personal data by the government not only violated the citizen's fundamental right to privacy but was also an executive act in overreach of Parliament, where National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010, was still pending for consideration.It is matter of serious concern that methodology and procedure adopted to the grant of UID numbers and Aadhaar cards is much haphazard and non-transparent even illegal migrants are getting very easily UID numbers and Aadhaar cards . Indian parliament should make law for Unique Identification Number Project proposed to give UID numbers not only to citizens and a scheme framed by the government through an executive order of January 28, 2009 should be scraped .UID number and it’s procedure is presently overpowered the right to privacy to citizen guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution and Collecting biometric information as a condition precedent for the issue of Aadhaar card is an invasion of right to privacy of citizens and thereby this can only be done by a law enacted by Parliament and beyond the executive power hence this objection ,Tiwari said..