Yechury urges Modi to defer finalisation of Health Data Management Policy

Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 1

CPI(M) chief Sitaram Yechury urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to defer the finalisation of the Health Data Management Policy (HDMP) and the National Digital Health Mission ( NDHM) until Parliament concludes its consideration of the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill, 2019.

In a letter to Modi, Yechury stated the previous’s intervention was required within the backdrop of feedback sought by the Union authorities on HDMP by September 3, 2020.

“This needs to be postponed and no policy may be finalised before a structured discussion on the serious implications contained in this draft are considered,” Yechury stated in regards to the provisions within the draft of the HDMP

Such a dialogue is crucial as a result of the HDMP is a part of the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) that was introduced by Modi on Independence Day 2020.

“Strangely, the government has sought comments on the HDMP in isolation and not the NDHM as a whole,” Yechury stated within the letter.

The CPI(M) head raised apprehension in regards to the authorities’s transfer, saying the NDHM proposes to gather delicate private knowledge of all residents which is able to then be made accessible to personal insurance coverage corporates and pharmaceutical corporations.

Besides, Yechury’s objection is in opposition to the HDMP allegedly skipping any reference to PDP Bill, which is pending in Parliament.

The invoice was launched in Parliament following a marathon debate within the nation on the safety of private knowledge within the context of surge of digitisation.

The Opposition events additionally contextualised the vulnerability of information with nationwide safety.

“Infact the proposed HDMP has many provisions that amount to a serious dilution of the essence of the Bill before parliament i.e. regarding governance of data protection,” Yechury stated.

Both the homes of Parliament have been convened to fulfill on September 14. It ought to focus on and take into account the NDHM and the HDMP whereas it discusses the PDP Bill.

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