Kolkata, Oct 25: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday strongly opposed the centre’s move to make linking of mobile number to Aadhaar card mandatory and said she will not provide her Aadhaar to the telecom operator even if they disconnect phone number.
During her party’s extended core committee meeting she said “This is a tactics of the Centre to interfere into people’s privacy. I think, we should not provide Aadhaar number to the mobile companies”.
“If we do not have a mobile connection for that, so be it. I challenge that I will not provide my Aadhaar number even if my connection is stopped. I don’t care.”
The Chief Minister stated Aadhaar might be necessary in banks for security reasons. But they are asking for Aadhaar number for mobile phone connections as well.
“This means even a private conversation between a husband and a wife is going to be tapped. People’s right to privacy has been taken away. People have no rights under this government”, she added.
Hitting out at the Centre, she asserted the government has no right to get access to all our private information. What are they going to do next?” she asked.
The Department of Telecommunications in March this year asked all mobile phone service operators to re-verify existing users , prepaid and postpaid, using their unique Aadhaar identity number and biometric details by early next year.