The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the Centre, States and Union Territories over alleged denial of benefits during the COVID pandemic. NHRC has taken cognizance of the fact that people have been denied access to the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) and the Integral Management of the Public Distribution System (IMPDS) schemes due to an absence of biometric data. According to the Statutory public body, both of these schemes, ie PMGKAY and IMPDS, are extremely important for sustaining the poorer sections of the society. This step by the NHRC is a welcome one as technology should not become an impediment in the access of welfare schemes for the poorer sections of the society.
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