Questions Raised After Malaysian National Gets Aadhaar Number

first_imgAfter a Malaysian citizen attained an Aadhaar number in Mangalore, Karnataka, the district administration has requested the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for clarity on the issue of foreigners getting the document.The Deputy Commissioner of South Kannada District, Sasikanth Senthil, told the Times of India that the Aadhaar number is issued to all Indian residents. An Indian resident is anyone who has stayed in India for 182 days or more during the financial year, or has stayed in India for 60 days or more during the financial year and stayed for 365 days or more in the four years immediately preceding the said financial year.Hoh Jian Meng (25), a student of medicine at one of the local medical colleges, had enrolled himself for an Aadhaar number, which has become necessary for bank transactions, and even for phone numbers. He has been living in India with a study visa. Meng’s personal details were published by newspapers even as critics raised issues about threat to national security.However, anyone who has resided in India for a total of 182 days or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrollment in Aadhaar can get the unique identification number by submitting demographic and biometric details.“We have asked UIDAI about documents submitted to obtain Aadhaar,” Senthil said. The administration does not use Aadhaar for any official purposes, nor does it confer any right or proof of citizenship or domicile in respect of an Aadhaar number holder, he added.Some also questioned whether Aadhaar can be used to enroll foreigners as voters. However, Senthil clarified by saying that a local enquiry is conducted before adding or deleting names from the voters’ list. Documents are required to verify the date of birth of a voter as well as proof of residence and Aadhaar is not one among them.The electoral issues were raised since Legislative Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in Karnataka in 2018. The commissioner said that nearly 20,000 new people have applied for a voter card and almost the same number of people have sought deletion. Related ItemsAadhaarMalaysiaUIDAIlast_img read more

UKIP Leader Wants to Pay British Indians to Leave UK

first_imgThe UK Independence Party (UKIP) leadership candidate, John Rees-Evans proposes to reduce “unnecessary population” by paying British Indians to leave the UK using the £12bn funds from the vital foreign aid budget.Under the proposed scheme he wants to remove a million people every year using the foreign aid budget. The scheme would give dual-nationals £9,000 plus healthcare benefits to “return to their country of origin”, reported Daily Mirror.  Scheme Will Create Jobs in UK He used examples of Indians and Tanzanians, to claim that his scheme would “create jobs in this country, reduce unnecessary population and reduce the strain on infrastructure in Britain.”“We’ve got a lot of talented people, originally from Commonwealth countries, in our country who know how to run businesses who’d be perfectly capable of establishing trading relationships in their country of origin,” he said.Talking about the “fast-track” scheme Evans said, “We would reduce the cost of living in this country and we’d incentivise people who are not doing particularly well in this country to leave and return to their country where they can create a thriving business and improve our lives here in Britain.”Controversial StatementsThis is not the first time Rees-Evans, one of the eleven candidates in the running for UKIP leadership role has given a controversial statement. In 2014 he accused, ‘a gay donkey of trying to rape his horse.’ He received huge backlash for his anti-gay comments.“Luckily this ridiculous idea from the fourth placed favorite candidate of a party clearly on the skids which smacks of attention-grabbing desperation is going nowhere,” Indian-origin Labour MP Rupa Huq said speaking to Daily Mirror.But Rees-Evans, unfazed by the criticism told supporters, “It’s not going to be draconian, it’s not going to be fascist. I’m not interested in using eugenics or any evil things like that,” reported Daily Mirror. Related ItemsAnti-gay RemarksBritish IndiansJohn Rees-EvansLabour MP Rupa HuqLittle IndiaracismUK Independence Party.UK IndiaUKIP leadershiplast_img read more