National Conference on Monday strongly condemned the intimidation of the Ms. Rachna Khaira of the Tribune Newspaper by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and said the Government should introspect about the glaring security and privacy loopholes in the Aadhaar System and not curb freedom of the press in an effort to conceal the facts.
In a statement, NC state spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said the legal action against the journalist was ironic and indicated an unprecedented atmosphere of intolerance where the media was being prevented from discharging its duties in upholding accountability and transparency in the system.
“The Aadhaar expose should be an eye-opener for the Government and should lead to a thorough investigation into the failure to uphold privacy, security, and propriety in the Aadhaar System. Rather than introspecting and using this as an opportunity to right the wrongs, the government is trying to cover up the revelations by resorting to suppression through legal means,” the NC State Spokesperson said.
The NC State Spokesperson reiterated the valid concerns over privacy and security breaches in the UIDAI system and said the Central Government should stop these evasive measures to escape responsibility and take immediate action to assure the citizens of the country that their private information is not a saleable commodity in the market.