For surveillance of Kashmiris, union govt to issue 1-stop I-cards

Srinagar

The union government is planning to provide Kashmiris with special one-stop identity cards, in a move that’s likely to increase surveillance amid rising cases of “terror-related violence” in the Valley.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has already issued these cards to people in bordering areas of Jammu and Kashmir. These cards, data of which will be stored online, will include all relevant information and will allow residents not to carry any other identity proof.

“Almost 100 per cent people in the Valley carry some or the other form of identity proof. The idea is to make things simple with a single card that works as both online and offline identity proof,” a government source said, quoted DNA India.

The proposal was brought during a meeting of officials of the Union HRD ministry and MHA early this month to discuss the implementation strategy of “Revival of education in Kashmir”.

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