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Simplifying procedure of issuing PRCs an attempt to change J&K’s demography: HCBA.

J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar has expressed serious concern over the contemplated change being brought into the procedure of issuing Permanent Resident Certificates by the Revenue department.

In a statement here a HCBA spokesman said, “It’s an attempt to alter the demography of the state, which is not acceptable.”He said, “An executive committee meeting of the HCBA was held here this afternoon. The members were of the opinion that though, Governor Satypal Malik, has clarified that his administration was not making or considering any change in the procedure governing the issuance of PRCs in Jammu and Kashmir, but with that he has also stated that seeking a PRC was one of the services under J&K Public Services Guarantee Act and as per the said Act, a PRC should be obtained within a period of 30 days from the date of application and as many applicants face avoidable difficulty in getting a PRC within these time limits, therefore, having a hassle-free process, the Revenue Department has sought comments from few others, which is a routine administrative matter, which runs contrary to what he has assured by stating that his Governor’s-administration was not making or considering any change in the procedure governing issuance of PRCs.”

“This has also been supported by a senior leader of BJP and former deputy chief minister of the state, Kavinder Gupta, who has stated that J&K administration was contemplating to simplify the procedure for grant of PRCs and this is a good step, if implemented, with the clause of getting the system online for the issuance of PRCs on the pattern of birth or death certificates,” the spokesman said, adding that “It is thus obvious, that a process has been initiated by the Revenue Department to change the procedure for issuing PRCs.”

The spokesman said that HCBA members also expressed anguish over the arrest of the mother and two sisters of a militant and the subsequent shifting of the two sisters to New Delhi on the suspicion of being involved in the killing of a BJP leader and his brother, about a month back and termed the same as a flagrant violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other International Covenants.

The Bar members, according to the spokesman, also expressed their concern over the falling health of Muhammad Yassin Malik, JKLF Chairman, who has been held in “illegal captivity” at Police Station Kothibagh, Srinagar and demanded that he should be immediately released, so that he is able to receive full medical treatment from the doctor and the hospital, where he has been receiving such treatment regularly.

“The Bar members also criticized the jail authorities, both inside and outside the state, who are ill treating the Kashmiri prisoners lodged in their respective jails and are denying them the medical treatment and other facilities to which they are entitled to under jail manual and other prison laws and are also not producing them before the courts,” the spokesman added.

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