Central govt includes questions about religion, caste in health ID draft policy
New Delhi: The central government has included controversial demands in the health ID. The draft has demanded that an individual must provide political lineage, religion, caste and sexual orientation for preparing the ID.
The public can convey their opinions on the health policy draft till September 3. Meanwhile, there has been allegations that this is an encroachment into the individual’s privacy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made it clear in his Independence Day speech that the central government would prepare a health ID of the citizens which includes all the details about their health. It was on the basis of this that the Union Health Ministry released the draft policy.
Personal information has to be provided as per the health management policy. Along with the information regarding diseases and treatment, individuals will also be asked about their religion, caste, sexual orientation, and Credit/Debit card details.
However, the draft also mentions that the individuals also have the freedom not to provide these details. Individuals need to give these information only if they are interested. The draft states that individuals also have the freedom to say no to this health ID card.
These details will only be kept in the respective treatment centres at the state and central level. The draft has also instructed that the details provided by people for research should not be released.
Nothing wrong with asking caste details: K. Surendran
BJP Kerala state president, K. Surendran, stated that there was nothing wrong about seeking details of one’s caste in the health ID. Surendran said that it was not a crime to ask about the caste of a person. This practise is followed in government applications as well, he added.
Surendran asked which application form of the state government excluded questions about caste. "Caste is asked even in the application form of Class 1 students. That is not a crime," he said.