Odisha dalit rape victim dies


 

The 19-year-old dalit girl of Puri district in Odisha, whose alleged gang rape stirred the conscience of the nation and cost the job of a minister, died in the hospital on Thursday after undergoing treatment for more than six months. “She died as a result of septicaemia, acute respiratory

distress syndrome (ARDS) and cardio-respiratory failure,” Bhubanananda Moharana, superintendent of SCB Medical College, Cuttack, told reporters.The alleged gang rape victim was found by the side of a road in a village under Pipili police station in Puri district, about 15 km east of Bhubaneswar, on November 28 last year.

She had since slipped into coma and been struggling for life at SCB Medical College Hospital. Police have arrested four persons in the case.

The alleged gang rape of the girl had snowballed into a major controversy in the state with demonstrations by political parties, women, students and social organisations.

The then agriculture minister Pradip Maharathi, who represents Pipili assembly constituency, came under opposition fire after news surfaced that Pipili police had not taken action even after the woman’s family members lodged a complaint.

The woman’s family, social activists and opposition parties alleged Maharathi was protecting the suspects and the ruling Biju Janata Dal, headed by chief minister Naveen Patnaik, found itself in the vortex of a political storm.

Following the intervention of Odisha high court, the state women’s commission and the state human rights commission, local police registered a case on January 9.

The state government directed the police crime branch to investigate the case and later instituted a judicial probe. Maharathi also resigned as agriculture minister following public outcry over the issue, while the Pipili police station inspector in charge was dismissed from service.

2 killed, 14 injured in Vedanta zinc plant blast in Udaipur


Ramesh Garg [ Updated 19 Jun 2012, 17:16:11 ], India TV
2 killed, 14 injured in Vedanta zinc plant blast in Udaipur

Udaipur (Rajasthan), Jun 19: Two workers were killed and 14 others were seriously injured when a boiler exploded inside the Hindustan Zinc plant owned by Vedanta group on Monday.

Workers alleged that nearly ten workers were killed in the blast.

The boiler was shut down on June 4 for servicing, but the management carried on with the production, workers alleged.

There were nearly 40 workers on duty near the boiler, when it suddenly exploded.

Angry workers scuffled with security officials after the mishap, and ransacked the Hindustan Zinc ambulance.

District officials of Rajsamand and the Hindustan Zinc management were tightlipped about the mishap

Lethal ingredients in the Rio+20 mocktail


United Nations Conference on Environment and D...

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Photo credit: United Nations Photo)

    V. SURESH
      N. S. TANVI, The Hindu

 

Commodification, commercialisation and financialisation of nature will produce a greedy, not green, economy

Over 100 world leaders will meet in Rio de Janeiro this week for the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, popularly referred to as Rio+20 Global Earth Summit.

It is being held amidst “‘a world running low on drinking water and productive land’ and set against the backdrop of accelerating global warming, climate change, chemical contamination of air, land and water, drinking water depletion, extinction of forest and bio-diversity organisms, extreme weather events, energy insecurity, ocean acidification and environmental degradation.” The current growth process has devastated natural resources and habitats, created environmental refugees and is, today, posing a serious threat to continuation of life on planet earth itself.

The Rio+20 meet is taking place 20 years after the 1992 First Earth Summit, when more than 120 heads of state met against the background of imminent ecological disaster caused by a development paradigm based on unlimited growth and industrial expansion premised on the limitlessness of natural resources.

“Sustainable development” — growth which does not endanger the rights of future generations to access and enjoyment of the same resources — came to be accepted as the test for deciding the path of all growth and development processes. Protecting environmental resources, empowering marginalised communities and a central role for public institutions remained the central pillars of the Rio 1992 approach.

The failing of the “sustainable development” model was that it created a false understanding that “sustainability” was possible without having to counter the logic or model of industrial society with its paradigm of accumulation of capital.

The context for the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 meet is outlined in the UNEP Document “Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication.” The document details the “widespread disillusionment with our prevailing economic paradigm, a sense of fatigue emanating from the many concurrent crises and market failures experienced during the very first decade of the new millennium, including especially the financial and economic crisis of 2008.”

Economic value on nature

The Rio+20 document seeks to create an architecture of environmental protection by placing an economic value on nature and natural processes. Nature would be treated as “products” to be traded in “commodities and futures” markets, open for speculation in the “derivatives” markets. Similar to “carbon credit trading,” those who damage nature in one region could continue environmentally damaging processes by growing forests in some other part of the world to earn “natural resource” or “bio-diversity” credit.

What the new “Green Economy” is putting forward is the notion that it is because nature and nature’s resources are not “valued” that people abuse nature. The heart of the new UNEP “green economy” paradigm is a corporate-led, evolved and inclusive vision of the future of the planet. This definitional paradigm is, however, destructive, dangerous and damaging.

The Green Economy proposes that a financial value be placed on “nature” and, what the paper calls “Nature’s Services” like clean air, water, trees, fruits and so on. In simple words, what the Green Economy proponents propose is that organisms like “bees, butterflies and birds” act as nature’s service providers providing “services” like pollination, fertilization, seed germination which today, they say, is done free. If these services are “priced” they can be made available for sale in the “biodiversity” market!

Thus, once ecosystem “services” and biodiversity “goods” are priced and can be sold and purchased like any other commodity, new markets in ecosystems and biodiversity will be created.

Arising from this framework are a number of new speculative, derivative based market instruments — very thoughtfully and evocatively packaged as “ecosystem services” and “biodiversity banking.” Thus forests and rivers become “natural capital” and natural processes such as pollination by bees become “ecosystem services” provided by the corporate entity, “Earth.”

“Benefit transfers,” “biodiversity banks” and speculator trading in financial instruments derived from the artificially assigned value of ecosystems set the context for “forest carbon credit” markets and “biodiversity credit markets.” The outlines of this process is etched by one of the architects of the Green Economy, a former banker of Deutche Bank, Pavan Sukhdev in his report, “The Economic of Ecosystems and Biodiversity.”

Ignoring the crisis factors

The voluminous 600+ pages of the Green Economy document pays pious homilies to the sanctity of the environment and the need for eco-restoration. But not even once does the report acknowledge that today’s crises have been caused by dangerously polluting industries, the extractive mining sector, chemical industries or industrial agriculture.

The fixation with corporate-techno-managerial solutions presented by the UNEP report stands out against the poor respect and recognition given to traditional knowledge systems for governing the commons and customary practices of managing waterways, forests, bio-mass and seas.

Some positive proposals include “sustainable public procurement policies, ecological tax reform, public investments in sustainable infrastructure — including in public transport, renewable energy or retrofitting of existing infrastructure and buildings for improved energy-efficiency.”

The core issue of a true green economy, however, is the fundamental principle that all natural resources belong to the global commons and are too critical for life to be commoditised or financialised, to be determined by the fickle world of markets.

Contrary to the UNEP view that “it is a myth that there is a dilemma between economic progress and environmental sustainability,” the truth is — as a set of concerned world citizens put it — that “a sustainable, commons-based model cannot, in good conscience, further the myth of limitless, extractive development. That would be to promote a false expectation that will lead to the collapse of our societies and planet.”

The corporate centredness of UNEP is exposed by the calculated manner in which it ignores examples of alternate attempts to evolve a more holistic, integrated, equitable, inclusive paradigm. Environmentally ravaged countries in Latin America like Bolivia and Ecuador have come up with exciting new paradigms for development. Bolivia’s “Mother Earth” policy recognises the “right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.” It also enshrines the right of nature “to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities.”

In Ecuador there has been a vigorous movement for a “Universal Declaration of the Rights of Nature.” Noted Ecuadorian economist Alberto Acosta put it eloquently, “Nature has much to say and it is high time we, its children, stopped playing deaf.”

The Second Earth Summit will come and go the way many other summits have gone, with little, if any, difference to Mother Earth’s predicament. The Government of India too, did not deem it necessary to consult its citizens to ask them how, together as a nation, we should face the pressing environmental crises of our times. But considering the pro-corporate dispensation of the UPA-II, it is not surprising at all. For India’s elite, as elsewhere too, have forgotten Mahatma Gandhi’s solemn warning: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not every man’s greed.”

(V. Suresh is National Secretary, PUCL, and N.S. Tanvi is a student at the National Law University, Jodhpur.)

The Pakistan Supreme Court “has flouted all canons of Constitutional Jurisprudence”


Posted on June 21, 2012 by beenasarwar

Justice Katju: “The Prime Minister holds office as long he has the confidence of Parliament, not confidence of the Supreme Court.”

Justice Markandey Katju, former Justice, Supreme Court of India and presently Chairman, Press Council of India just sent an article about the recent order of the Pakistan Supreme Court declaring that Mr. Gilani is not the Prime Minister. Justice Katju writes, “In my opinion the Pakistan Supreme Court has gone totally overboard, flouted all canons of Constitutional Jurisprudence, and is only playing to the galleries and not exercising judicial restraint. It is thereby upsetting the delicate balance of power in the Constitutional scheme.”

In his article, Justice Katju explains the concept of immunity and stresses the need for balance between the organs of the state. He writes that it may be published freely in any newspaper:

By Markandey Katju

When I was a student of law in the Allahabad University I had read of the British Constitutional principle ‘The King can do no wrong”. At that time I did not understand the significance of this principle and what it really meant. It was much later, when I was in law practice in the Allahabad High Court that I understood its real significance.

The British were experienced and able administrators. They realized from their own long, historical experience that while everybody should be legally liable for his wrongs and made to face Court proceedings for the same, the person at the apex of the whole Constitutional system must be given total immunity from criminal proceedings, otherwise the system could not function. Hence the King of England must be given total immunity from criminal proceedings. Even if he commits murder, dacoity, theft, or some other crime the King cannot be dragged to Court and made to face a trial.

One may ask, why should the King be given this immunity when others are not? The answer is that in the practical world one does not deal with absolutes. The British were one of the most far sighted administrators the world has known. They realized that if the King is made to stand on the witness box or sent to jail, the system could not function. A stage is reached at the highest level of the system where total immunity to the person at the top has to be granted. This is the only practical view.

Following this principle in British Constitutional Law, almost every Constitution in the world has incorporated a provision giving total immunity to Presidents and Governors from criminal prosecution.

Thus, Section 248(2) of the Pakistan Constitution states: ”No criminal proceedings whatsoever shall be instituted or continued against the President or Governor in any Court during his term of office”.

The language of the above provision is clear, and it is a settled principle of interpretation that when the language of a provision is clear the Court should not twist or amend its language in the garb of interpretation, but read it as it is.

I therefore fail to understand how proceedings on corruption charges (which are clearly of a criminal nature) can be instituted or continued against the Pakistan President.

Moreover, how can the Court remove a Prime Minister? This is unheard of in a democracy. The Prime Minister holds office as long he has the confidence of Parliament, not confidence of the Supreme Court. (emphasis added)

I regret to say that the Pakistan Supreme Court, particularly its Chief Justice, has been showing utter lack of the restraint which is expected of the superior Courts. In fact the Court and its Chief Justice have been playing to the galleries for long. It has clearly gone overboard an flouted all canons of Constitutional Jurisprudence.

The Constitution establishes a delicate balance of power, and each of the three organs of the State, the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary must respect each other, and not encroach into each other’s domain, otherwise the system cannot function. It seems to me that the Pakistan Supreme Court has lost its balance and gone berserk. If it does not now come to its senses I am afraid the day is not far off when the Constitution will collapse, and the blame will squarely lie with the Pakistan Supreme Court, particularly its Chief Justice.

Justice Markandey Katju
Former Judge, Supreme Court of India
Presently Chairman, Press Council of India

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Update June 20 : Police attack and arrest demonstrators-State crushing a democratic movement


Massive Lathicharge on Nonadanga protesters: Another example of state’s effort to crush a democratic movement


A Report by Nilanjan Dutta
The day before, police said they would not permit any rally at Esplanade by the evicted people from Nonadanga.
On the morning of 20 June, they did not object when the rally was held and allowed the 200-odd participants to occupy the ‘Y Channel’, which is actually a narrow strip of land beside a huge garbage vat between the main tram and bus stations at Esplanade. Of late, this highly inconvenient and acutely stinking spot seems to have been earmarked to accommodate all the ‘non-mainstream’ demonstrators who are no better than garbage in the eyes of the administration.
As the public meeting went on, at one stage the police brought an offer from the Writers’ Buildings that the minister in charge would meet the committee delegation on 26 June. The assembly discussed the matter instantly and agreed to disperse on the basis of this assurance, if the authorities agreed to clear the outlets of the settlement field at Nonadanga that had been blocked by raising a boundary wall. This was causing tremendous inconvenience for the residents.
The police messengers went to convey this to the minister but came back with the message that he had now said he would meet the delegates on 3 July instead of 26 June.
The protesters became restive and demanded an early appointment.
Again, a vague assurance came that the appointment would be advanced, without specifying any date.
The people decided they would not leave until the government made a commitment on the date of the talks. There was no further communication from the latter, but not a rejection of the demand either.
Late in the evening, police officers even came and inquired with the activists whether they planned to stay at the spot for the night and paternalistically talked about the necessity of arranging “protection” as there were so many women among them.
And Suddenly There Was The Lathi Charge.
The wounded were initially herded into the central lock-up at the Kolkata Police headquarters along with the others. They were taken to the Calcutta Medical College Hospital only after their co-prisoners raised a hue and cry inside the lock-up particularly after seeing Sanjay Mandal, a committee member from Nonadanga, writhing in pain before them and from the outside, APDR members began to intervene and express concern to high-ranking police officials calling for urgent medical attention.
The officers though still denied that there was any lathi charge at all!
Earlier report –
Since 11am, residents of Nonadanga started a roadside demonstration/dharna in the Esplanade area. It is being reported that the police carried out a massive lathicharge on the dharna and several persons had to be admitted to Medical College for treatment. While negotiations were going on about when the concerned minister can give an appointment to hear about the grievances, police started picking up certain selected activists at around 8pm and then lathicharged to disperse the rest. Around 40 persons have been arrested including Amitabha Bhattacharya (the chairman of the Uchched Pratirodh Committee) and Samik Chakraborty (who is also an activist of Sanhati).



Massive Lathicharge on Nonadanga protesters: Another example of state’s effort to crush a democratic movement :- 


Today, Kolkata police had carried out a massive and brutal lathicharge on the Nonadanga slum-dwellers & mass activists who were in a demonstration protest at Esplanade,Kolkata. All the protesters were heavily beaten up including women & children.
The protesters started their demonstration against the forceful eviction of Nonadanga slum & also against the recent attack on the slum-dwellers by the goons backed by TMC.
In spite of all these incidents and police brutality, any media, be it electronic or print, has totally blacked out any news and update about the ongoing movement in Nonadanga and hasn’t reported any of these incidents.
At near about 8 p.m., police started to pick up selected mass activists who were in the movement from the very beginning & then brutally lathicharged to disperse the rest of the protestors.
Many of the protesters were admitted to the hospital while 6 of them were seriously injured & is reported in a very serious condition.
Around 40 protesters are being arrested along with Shamik Chakraborty (activist of Mazdoor Kranti Parishad),Amitabha Bhattacharya (president of anti-eviction committee, Nonadanga) & others.
This is clear that the state govt. don’t want to hear any voice of protest & criticism. This brutal attack on these protesters has clearly exposed the autocratic and authoritarian state machinery which is fiercely trying to silent any voice of protest.


Stand firm in the face of state repression.
Come together to protest this fascist trend of the govt.
Demand immediate unconditional release of all the prisoners who have been arrested illegally with forged cases. 
Join the movement against the forceful eviction of Nonadanga
Reject the development model where common people are expended in order to raise corporate profit    

Editor of Towards New Dawn Abhijnan Sarkar and several other activists like Deblina Chakrabarty are arrested on 8th April 2012, when they were protesting against an eviction drive of slum dwellers by state officials at Nonadanga, Kolkata. They are framed with several false charges and put under detention till now. Towards New Dawn demands unconditional release of its editor and all other activists.- contact at towardsdawn@gmail.com

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यू.आई.डी. : जनहित नहीं, शासक वर्ग के डर का नतीजा


यू.आई.डी. : जनहित नहीं, शासक वर्ग के डर का नतीजा

Published in बुर्जुआ जनवाद

(मज़दूर बिगुल –)

IRIS SCANNING AS part of the process to obtain biometric data at the Head Post Office in Madurai, Tamil Nadu,

IRIS SCANNING AS part of the process to obtain biometric data at the Head Post Office in Madurai, Tamil Nadu,

भारत सरकार की यूनियन कैबिनेट की मीटिंग में इस वर्ष पहली अक्तूबर को यूनीक आईडेण्टीफिकेशन अथॉरिटी आफ इण्डिया का गठन किया गया। इसके तहत भारत सरकार हर नागरिक के लिए एक अनन्य पहचान कार्ड (यूनीक आइडेंटिटी कार्ड) बनायेगी। यह कार्ड इलेक्ट्रॉनिक होंगे। इनके लिए नागरिकों की निजी जानकारियाँ भारत सरकार की उपरोक्त संस्था के पास इकट्ठा की जायेंगी। इस अभियान का नाम ‘आधार’ रखा गया है। भारत सरकार झूठे दावे कर रही है कि देश के नागरिकों के बारे में सारी जानकारियाँ एक जगह एकत्रित करने और उन्हें यू.आई.डी. जारी करने के अनेक फायदे हैं। लेकिन सरकार का यह अभियान नागरिकों के निजी जीवन के संवेदनशील पक्षों में दख़लअन्दाज़ी की ख़तरनाक साज़िश है।

भारत सरकार और यू.आई.डी.ए.आई. के अध्‍यक्ष नन्दन निलेकणी का दावा है कि इस अभियान से बहुत विकास होगा, क्योंकि लोगों को इससे अपनी पहचान का एक ऐसा पक्का साधन मिल जायेगा जिसके प्रयोग से वे बुनियादी सेवाएँ प्राप्त कर सकेंगे। यह दावा किया जा रहा है कि इस योजना से सरकार की जन-कल्याणकारी योजनाओं का लाभ उठाने में लोगों को काफी आसानी हो जायेगी और जनता के लिए जारी किये जाने वाले धन में घपलेबाज़ी बन्द होगी। सरकार के ये दावे सरासर नाजायज़ व झूठे हैं। ”जन-कल्याणकारी योजनाओं” का फायदा न ले पाने और जारी किये जाने वाले फण्डों में घपलेबाज़ी की वजह यह नहीं है कि लोग अपनी पहचान सिध्द नहीं कर पाते। इसका सीधा कारण व्यवस्था पर कुछ शक्तिशाली व्यक्तियों का नियन्त्रण होना है जो सारे फायदे हड़प कर जाते हैं। उदाहरण के तौर पर ग़रीबी रेखा से नीचे रह रहे वे परिवार हैं जिनके पास पक्के राशन कार्ड तो हैं फिर भी वे अनाज का पूरा कोटा पाने में असमर्थ होते हैं क्योंकि राशन डिपो के इंचार्ज उनका शोषण करते हैं। वे ग़रीबों को इस बात के लिए मजबूर करते हैं कि वे अपने कोटे से कम राशन उठायें। दलित छात्रों को दिये जाने वाले वजीफे ज़रूरतमन्द छात्रों को न मिल पाने का कारण यह नहीं होता कि वे अपने दलित होने का सबूत नहीं दे पाते बल्कि स्कूलों का प्रशासन और अधयापक उनके परिजनों से जाली काग़ज़ात पर हस्ताक्षर ले लेता है। यू.आई.डी. कार्ड बनने से इन लोगों को क्या फायदा होगा? इस बात का इस अनूठी योजना के कर्ता-धर्ताओं के पास कोई जवाब नहीं है।

हैरानी की बात है कि यह योजना अच्छी शासन व्यवस्था के बड़े कदम के तौर पर प्रचारित की जा रही है। सरकार के अच्छी शासन व्यवस्था के दावों के विपरीत यू.आई.डी. योजना नागरिकों के निजी जीवन के संवेदनशील पहलुओं में ख़तरनाक दख़लअन्दाज़ी है। यह योजना नागरिकों की निजी जानकारी के खुला हो जाने का गम्भीर ख़तरा पैदा करेगी और उनके जीवन की असुरक्षा को बहुत अधिक बढ़ा देगी। यह नागरिक आज़ादी पर एक बड़ा हमला है। काग़ज़ों पर ही सही लेकिन भारतीय संविधान नागरिकों को थोड़ी निजी आज़ादी की बात तो कहता ही है। यू.आई.डी. अभियान संविधान में दर्ज निजी गुप्तता के अधिकार की स्पष्ट अवहेलना करता है। संविधान में अनेक कानून हैं जो नागरिकों की निजी जानकारी खुला करने पर पाबन्दी लगाते हैं। यू.आई.डी.ए.आई. को यह अधिकार प्राप्त है कि वह अदालत या राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा के मद्देनज़र कम से कम संयुक्त सचिव पद के अधिकारी के निर्देशों पर किसी नागरिक की व्यक्तिगत जानकारी खुला कर सकती है। लेकिन इससे पहले मौजूद भारतीय कानूनों के तहत तो ऐसा केन्द्र या प्रान्त के गृह सचिव के आदेशों पर ही किया जा सकता था। यू.आई.डी. योजना लागू होने से व्यवस्था में अधिक ताकत रखने वाले व्यक्तियों द्वारा दूसरों के जीवन-सम्बन्धी निजी जानकारी हासिल करने और उसका दुरुपयोग करने के गम्भीर ख़तरे उत्पन्न हो जायेंगे। हमारे देश की शासन व्यवस्था में इसका दुरुपयोग होना तय बात है जिसकी वजह से नागरिकों की ज़िन्दगी और उनकी सुरक्षा का ख़तरा भी बढ़ जायेगा। जनगणना के तहत जुटाई जाने वाली जानकारी भी यू.आई.डी.ए.आई. को मुहैया करवायी जायेगी। जबकि जनगणना कानून के मुताबिक तो किसी नागरिक से सम्बन्धित यह जानकारी जाँच-पड़ताल या सबूत के तौर पर इस्तेमाल की ही नहीं जा सकती है।

केन्द्रीकृत निजी जानकारियों का दुरुपयोग नहीं होगा इसकी गारण्टी कोई भी सरकार नहीं कर सकती है। इसमें शक की कोई गुंजाइश ही नहीं है कि राजनीतिक विरोधियों ख़ासतौर पर समाज को शोषणमुक्त बनाने के लिए जूझ रहे नागरिकों आदि के ख़िलाफ इनका जमकर इस्तेमाल किया जायेगा। यह गम्भीर मसला भी धयान देने लायक है कि नागरिकों के बारे में जुटायी जाने वाली यह सारी जानकारी कम्प्यूटरों में रखी जानी है और सरकार के पास इसके पुख्ता इन्तजाम भी नहीं हैं कि इण्टरनेट के ज़रिये चोरी करने वाले ‘हैकर’ उन जानकारियों को चुरा न सकें। हैकर न सिर्फ जानकारी चुरा सकते हैं बल्कि जानकारी में हेरफेर भी कर सकते हैं और पूरी दुनिया में कोई भी ऐसी कम्प्यूटर प्रणाली नहीं है जो ‘हैकिंग’ (इण्टरनेट के ज़रिये चोरी) करने के नित नये तरीके ईजाद करने वाले हैकरों के आक्रमण से पूरी तरह सुरक्षित हो। हाल ही में विकीलीक्स वेबसाइट द्वारा अत्यधिक सुरक्षित अमेरिकी कम्प्यूटरों पर रखे दुनियाभर के देशों के अमेरिकी दूतावासों के राजनयिकों के गुप्त संचार सार्वजनिक रूप से जारी किये जाने के बाद से कम्प्यूटरों पर रखी सूचनाओं की सुरक्षा एक बार फिर सन्देह के घेरे में आ गयी है। आज तक दुनिया का कोई ऐसा कम्प्यूटर नहीं है जो हैकिंग से पूरी तरह सुरक्षित होने की गारण्टी देता हो। साथ ही जानकारी को बिखराकर रखने के बजाय एक ही कम्प्यूटर पर ढेर सारी जानकारी इकट्ठा होने से उसके दुरुपयोग की सम्भावना और अधिक बढ़ जाती है।

उल्लेखनीय तथ्य यह भी है कि भारत सरकार की इस योजना का एक गुप्त दस्तावेज़, गुप्त दस्तावेज़ों को सार्वजनिक करने वाली वेबसाइट विकीलीक्स पर प्रकाशित भी हो चुका है। कमाल की बात यह है कि लीक हुआ यह गुप्त दस्तावेज़ स्वयं ही यह बात मानता है कि नागरिकों के बारे में जुटायी जाने वाली जानकारी के लीक हो सकने और उसमें गड़बड़ी हो सकने की सम्भावनाएँ हैं। इसके बाद इस मुद्दे पर और कुछ कहने की ज़रूरत ही नहीं रह जाती।

वैसे भी यू.आई.डी. के ज़रिये कम से कम 15 करोड़ लोग अपनी पहचान साबित नहीं कर पायेंगे। यू.आई.डी. में हाथों की उँगलियों के निशान भी शामिल किये जायेंगे। खेती-बाड़ी, निर्माण, और अन्य प्रकार के हाथों से किये जाने वाले कामों में लगे लोगों की उँगलियाँ घिस जाती हैं। उनकी उँगलियों के निशान धुँधले पड़ जाते हैं जिन्हें सेंसर उठा नहीं पायेंगे। सेंसर पर उँगली का कम या अधिक दबाव, उँगली रखे जाने की दिशा, ज़रूरत से अधिक ख़ुश्क या चिकनी चमड़ी आदि की वजह से भी निशानों का मिलान करने में आने वाली दिक्कतों का ज़िव्रफ तो यू.आई.डी.आई.ए. के दस्तावेज़ों में भी किया गया है। यू.आई.डी. के लिए ऑंखों की पुतली के स्कैन अन्धे लोगों, मोतियाबिन्द के रोगियों, ऑंखों में निशान वाले लोगों पर नहीं किया जा सकेगा। वैसे भी उँगलियों के निशान और ऑंखों की पुतली के इलेक्ट्रॉनिक स्कैनरों को आसानी से धोखा दिया जा सकता है। ऐसे कारणों से ही अमेरिका, ब्रिटेन, ऑस्ट्रेलिया, चीन, कनाडा, जर्मनी जैसे देशों ने ऐसी परियोजनाओं की असफलता को देखते हुए इन्हें अव्यावहारिक, नाजायज़ और ख़तरनाक घोषित कर दिया है।

यू.आई.डी. अभियान ने भारत के तथाकथित जनतन्त्र की पोल भी खोल दी है। इस परियोजना के बारे में संसद में कोई बहस नहीं हुई। और संसद में बहस न किये जाने पर किसी विरोधी पार्टी ने कोई ऐतराज़ तक नहीं जताया। यू.आई.डी.ए.आई. के फैसलों और ख़र्चों में कोई पारदर्शिता नहीं है। इसके कामों की कोई जवाबदेही तय नहीं की गयी है। इस परियोजना पर होने वाले नुकसान के बारे में उठे सवालों का कोई जवाब नहीं दिया जा रहा है। भारत सरकार इस परियोजना पर, जिसका नागरिकों को कोई भी फायदा नहीं होने जा रहा है उल्टे जिससे गम्भीर नुकसान का ख़तरा है, बेहिसाब ख़र्च करने जा रही है। सरकार के ही अन्दाज़े के मुताबिक इस पर कम से कम 45 हज़ार करोड़ रुपये ख़र्च होंगे। मौजूदा वर्ष में 200 करोड़ रुपये जारी भी किये जा चुके हैं। लेकिन जनता को होने वाले नुकसान और धन की बर्बादी से भारत के भाग्य नियन्ताओं को क्या लेना-देना है? उनकी एकमात्र फिव्रफ़ यही है कि जनता के ही पैसे से जनता का और अधिक शोषण कैसे किया जाये

 

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