December 3, 2013
WB Assembly passes resolution against linking Aadhaar to LPG subsidy
The West Bengal assembly Monday passed a unanimous resolution asking the central government to roll back its decision immediately on linking the Aadhaar cards with subsidy to the people.
The central government has announced that Aadhaar card would be compulsory for availing of facilities, like cooking gas cylinders at subsidized rates.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mr. Partha Chatterjee moved the resolution which pointed out that barely 15 percent of the population in the state now possess Aadhaar cards.
The central government`s stand would create serious problems for the rest of the population, who would have to do without the nine subsidized cylinders that they would get from the government which has decided to transfer the subsidy in the form of cash to the consumers` bank accounts, he said.
Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee was shocked with the decision by Petroleum Ministry. She said that the decision to make Aadhar Card mandatory for disbursement of subsidy on LPG cylinder purchase had created a confusion to deprive the poor people. The issue will be another cause of harassment to the common people, she opined. She strongly protested this sort of arbitrary action on the part of the Petroleum Ministry to deprive the poor people of their legitimate right and demanded immediate roll back of this anti-people decision.