Jammu — In past many months, BJP and JKNPP have protested and asserted that insidious forces within the leadership have clandestinely aided to accommodate these immigrants in Jammu with an ulterior motive to change the demography of the region. Defence experts have cited this as a ‘Ticking time bomb’ for the residents of Jammu as it poses threat to the internal security and social & economic fibre of the region. So far, PDP has dealt in statistics as a subterfuge to dampen the emerging voices across the State.
Valid Aadhar card for Refugees
Amid brewing controversy of settlement of Rohingya in Jammu, a new episode has brought the alleged reports come true. A plethora of requests are being received by the local shop owners from Rohingyas to issue PAN cards, SIM cards and even Passports! At a Khidmat Centre in Bathinidi area of Jammu, Rohingyas visit on an everyday basis to collect their copy of Aadhar Cards and apply for others. “I was taken aback at the time of biometric verification to see that a valid Aadhar account with all the necessary details existed in the database of the system already”, said one of our sources. It is palpable that the Aadhar card has been obtained by illegal means aided by miscreants within the Govt agency and local people. A permanent proof of residence is compulsory in order to obtain an Aadhar card. The veracity of alleged violation of rules is proved by the fact that these Rohingyas hold both UNHCR Refugee cards and Aadhar cards in their name, which cannot sustain together! The source added, “This has been going on for months. We are obliged to print and handover Aadhar cards to them because they have a valid registration at the system back-end.” Another shop owner told, “I have witnessed a lot of Rohingyas come here to avail post-paid SIM cards.” It is pertinent to note that as a lot of Govt. provisions are directly linked to Aadhar card which acts as a proof-of-identity to avail other facilities, these refugees can easily benefit on par with other citizens of the country and residents of the state. The shop owner added, “I, myself, have collected scans of over 40 such Aadhar card holders who have taken SIM cards from his shop in past couple of weeks. I am obliged to abide as they have a registered Aadhar account but over time I have grown more concerned and apprehensive.”
Govt. agents are at work
Reportedly, there are active agents in the Municipality, Jammu who are handling this scam. One of the Rohingya refugee who had come to enquire for Aadhar card informed that he was approached by a unidentified person who offered to make his Aadhar card. “I, along with my few friends paid him 1000 rupees . He assured us that he’d make their Aadhar cards., he said. He added that he was not asked to produce any sort of document for the purpose. Another Rohingya refugee, Abdul (see image) told that his Aadhar card was made at the Municipality office in Gumat. “I was asked for 500 rupees and was assured my Aadhar card will come”. And it did, as in the case of several other refugees who have been springing up to avail SIM cards and PAN cards etc.
This episode deepens the fears of the residents of Jammu as it proves that certain insidious forces are indeed at work. The illegal activity being carried out to issue Aadhar cards to outsiders will have dire consequences in the future. The officials that are fearlessly operating this scam suggests that higher authorities have purposely turned ‘blind-eye’ towards them.