Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Sunday said that National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were blowing the Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) issue out of proportions and were betraying the people of the state.
“The PRC law can’t be changed but process will be easy now,” BJP general secretary (organization) Ashok Kaul told “Anybody who has valid documents should get PRC in less than a day.”
Kaul said that it is not an attempt to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir and its special status at all. He said when in 2015 the then minister of State for Public Works (R&B) and Revenue, Sunil Kumar Sharma announced that Government has taken up a project to issue Permanent Resident Certificate and Caste Certificates at the school level, the move was scuttled. “At that time questions were raised and move was scuttled,” he said. “This is a move to remove impediments only.”
Pertinently, the State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik is planning “to ease” issuance of Permanent Resident Certificates (PRCs).
Officials have said that there was a feeling in the Revenue Department that the existing process (of granting PRCs) has some impediments. Officials said that they have been asked to point out the impediments they are facing and aim is to bring in transparency. “We are only consulting people within the administration because we had reports of undue delays in the grant of PRCs. We haven’t made any changes to the procedure as yet.”
The senior BJP leader said that mainstream political parties NC and PDP are blowing PRC issue out of proportions. “NC and PDP are betraying the people of the state,” BJP general secretary said. “They do not want ease for people who need it.”
Kaul said that Governor Administration is receiving complaints regarding undue harassment meted out to the genuine applicants in getting the PRC from the competent authorities in almost all the districts of the State. “BJP wants harassment of genuine applicants to end,” he said.
The senior BJP leader said that NC, PDP and Congress have issued PRC even to non-state subjects. “Now we are unable to understand this drama of theirs.”