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Modi Govt Seeks Information Like Caste, Religion From Petrol Pump Workers; Workers Say Data Mining By Govt Unconstitutional And Breach Of Privacy

Earlier this month, Bharat Petroleum allegedly stopped supplying petroleum to some of the dealers who refused to submit the employees' details.

In June, the central government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had sought personal information like caste, religion and constituency of over 10 lakh employees working at petrol pump stations across the country. The petroleum dealers are now staging protests, claiming that such “data mining by the government is unconstitutional and an extreme breach of privacy.” 

According to The Times of India report, the Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD) and the Punjab Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA) among others are protesting against the directives sent between June 5 and 6, by the government-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corporation. 

On June 11, CIPD wrote a letter to the three oil corporations stating that they will not share any such information of the workers. CIPD claims that asking for such private information is a “violation of fundamental rights.” 

Earlier this month, Bharat Petroleum allegedly stopped supplying petroleum to some of the dealers who refused to submit the employees’ details.

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