Opposition disrupts RS over linking benefits with Aadhaar

Opposition disrupts RS over linking benefits with Aadhaar

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was disrupted on Thursday as some opposition members shouted slogans against the Centre’s stance on making the Aadhaar card compulsory for BPL families to receive benefits.

Members of the Trinamool Congress, Left, Janata Dal-United, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) raised the issue soon after the house met.

Ramgopal Yadav of the SP said the central government has asked the states to give subsidies only to those who have an Aadhaar card.

“The Centre has asked states not to give subsidies to those who do not have an Aadhaar card. Forty per cent of the people don’t have an Aadhar card,” Yadav said.

TMC member Derek O’Brien said the Centre is not consulting states on the issue despite talking about cooperative federalism.

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) member Dilip Kumar Tirkey said: “In Odisha, 20 per cent of people do not have Aadhaar card. This is a important issue.”

Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu rose to respond to the concerns raised by the members, but opposition members started shouting slogans.

Naidu then said the opposition wanted to politicise the issue and did not want a response.

He said Aadhaar card is “not compulsory”.

“We cannot make it compulsory till every one gets it,” Naidu said even though the opposition members continued their protest.

“We raise issues in parliament to get answers. They raised a relevant issue. I don’t think any one has a problem with Direct Benefit Transfer, in case Aadhaar is completed. DBT is the need of the hour; it will eliminate middlemen,” Naidu said.

Opposition members then trooped near the chairman’s podium raising slogans, which Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien called “unjustifiable” after the minister’s response.

In the din, Kurien adjourned the house till 12 noon.

The scene was the same when the house met for question hour.

Naidu criticised the opposition for “politicising” the issue.

As protests continued, the house was first adjourned for 15 minutes and then till 2 p.m.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here