Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik denies changes in Permanent Residence Certificate rules

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir): Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday denied all allegations that the government was trying to make changes to the act governing permanent residence certificates in the Valley.

In a statement issued by Raj Bhawan, Malik said, “I would like to mention that the government is not making or even considering any changes to the act governing Permanent Residence Certificates in the state. It is an integral part of the legal structure of Jammu and Kashmir and there is no attempt whatsoever of tamper with this law. ” “I would like to highlight that no changes in the procedural rules governing the issue of PR certificates will ever be done without larger consultations with all stakeholders Consultations are essential so as to avoid, unnecessary apprehensions in the minds of anyone,” the letter read further.

The reply came after National Conference leader and former Chief Minister of the state, Omar Abdullah wrote a letter to the governor raising concerns over changes in rules governing the Permanent Residence Certificates. In his reply to Abdulla, Malik wrote, “To the best of my knowledge nothing of this sort is being contemplated at the moment nor have any decisions been taken. However, in view of the concerns expressed by you, I will assure you that nothing will be done to modify the procedures for issuing PR certificates.”

“As a senior political leader, I would request you not to pay heed to such frivolous and unfounded reports, In fact, you have an obligation to dispel rather than promote unnecessary mistrust among people and are always welcome to discuss Issues with me which you have been doing once in a while,” Malik added. The Governor also pointed out that seeking a PRC is one of the services under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Services Guarantee Act.

“As per the act, a PRC by a genuine state subject applicant should be obtained within a period of 30 days from the date of application but it is observed that many genuine applicants face avoidable difficulties in getting a PRC with the timeline,” Malik’s letter further read. He added that there were complaints that the issuance of these certificates gets delayed due to a variety of procedural reasons. “It is in this context of having a hassle-free process for bonafide applicants that I believe the Revenue Department has sought comments from few others. This is a routine administrative matter and unnecessary meanings should not be read into it,” he said Concluding the letter with a jibe, Malik said, “Incidentally my fax machine was working and your fax was received and confirmed by my office while you were tweeting that it was not functional.”


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