SRINAGAR – Dr. Raja Muzaffar Bhat, a well-known social activist in Jammu and Kashmir, has raised concerns about the publication of the names of social welfare beneficiaries on street walls by the government. In a recent statement, Dr. Bhat requested the government to stop this practice, citing that it presents a negative image of governance and violates the privacy rights of citizens.
According to Dr. Bhat, the display of names and other personal information of welfare beneficiaries on public walls is not only a breach of privacy but also puts these individuals at risk. The sensitive information is vulnerable to theft, misuse, and exploitation, making it necessary for the government to ensure its confidentiality.
In his statement, Dr. Bhat emphasized that a government’s primary responsibility is to protect its citizens, and the publication of such information goes against this principle. He also added that this practice is an outdated method of distributing information and that the government should consider alternative methods such as digital platforms or direct mail to avoid any privacy violations.
The government of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet responded to Dr. Bhat’s request, but the issue has sparked a wider discussion about privacy rights and government transparency. Many citizens have expressed their support for Dr. Bhat’s position, calling for the government to take immediate steps to address the issue.
Dr. Bhat’s request highlights the need for the government to adopt more modern and secure methods of disseminating information and to respect the privacy rights of its citizens. The government must take swift action to address the concerns raised by Dr. Bhat and ensure that the privacy rights of all citizens are protected.