Jammu & Kashmir

Oversimplifying procedure of Permanent Resident Certificates a conspiracy against JK’s special status, says KEA

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PRC should be the concern of every citizen of this state as the collective cause of our special status, he said.

Srinagar: Kashmir Economic Alliance, a traders’ body on Monday expressed concern over the proposed plans of administration to change the procedure for acquiring Permanent resident Certificates (PRCs) in Jammu and Kashmir.

A statement issued by Kashmir Economic Alliance, an amalgam of several trade bodies in Kashmir, said “such development was nothing but part of larger conspiracy against the special status of the state.”

Chairman KEA Muhammad Yasin Khan in his statement said issuance of PRC shouldn’t be confused with the grant of basic facilities like ‘Bjili, Sadak and Paani’ to the people.

“PRC cannot be seen through the prism of Public Service Guarantee Act, as the State Subject is the precious document which if issued hurriedly can only lead to further erosion of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir state,” Khan said.

“If the government goes ahead with the conspiracy to oversimplify issuance of PRC we will be left with no options but to take to streets because there cannot be any compromise on the special status of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

He asked the Raj Bhawan to issue formal orders to stop any move aimed at weakening the issuance of PRC.

He appealed to the people of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh to be united for this collective cause.

“The conspiracy to meddle with the PRC should be the concern of every citizen of this state as the collective cause of our special status,” he said.

Khan appealed the civil society and other stakeholders in all the three regions to be united for this collective cause.

The development arrives after National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah on Sunday wrote a letter to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik expressing his party’s displeasure on the issue of changing rules of Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) and said that an attempt was being made to distort the demography of the State.

In the letter addressed to Omar, Malik responded to the media reports by stating that is administration was not making or considering any changes in the Act. He also refuted any further ‘unfounded reports’ of changes in the procedural rules governing the issue of PR certificates.

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