1300 PRCs under scanner

Greater Kashmir

‘50 Non-State Subjects Detected Having Permanent Resident Status’

Srinagar, Mar 27: Putting a question mark over seriousness of successive regimes in securing special identity of Jammu and Kashmir, State Subject Inquiry Commission Wednesday said they have so far detected 50 cases of non-state subjects possessing Permanent Residence Certificates (PRC). Stating that dearth of manpower was impeding normal functioning of the ‘overburdened’ body, the Commission said 1300 allegations vis-à-vis fake PRCs are being inquired into.
“After following proper procedure, serving notices against whom complaints were filed and calling records from the Revenue Department, we have submitted reports to the government and identified 50 cases of fake PRCs so far,” Chairman of State Subject Inquiry Commission, Justice (retd) A Q Parray told Greater Kashmir.
He said they have recommended cancellation of PRCs in these cases and confiscation of   property, if any, acquired by non-state subjects on the basis of such certificates.
“We have also recommended cancellation of PRCs issued to 67 other persons as respondents did not turn up despite repeated summons served to them,” he added.
The Commission has submitted five reports to the Government since it became operational, with first in February 2001 and latest in February 2013. The Commission was constituted in 1999 following hue and cry over the issue of non-state subjects managing to get PRCs fraudulently.
The PRC traces its birth to Dogra rule in the erstwhile Princely State of J&K. Its genesis lies in the notification dated 20th April, 1927, No. 1-L/84 issued by Maharaja Hari Singh. The issue of fake PRCs also came up during the ongoing session of the state legislature with political forces, cutting across party lines, calling for plugging the loopholes in issuance of PRCs.
Elaborating about the workload of the Commission, Parray, who has also served as Chairperson of State Human Rights Commission, said they have got 2000 complaints about fake PRCs till date.
“So far we have decided 729 cases while remaining1300 allegations of similar nature are being looked into,” he added. He said out of these 729 cases, allegations were found wrong in 362 cases while 230 respondents were untraceable as per officials of the Revenue Department.
Parray said it was shocking that “non-state subject IAS officers were also issuing state subject certificates to genuine residents of Jammu and Kashmir, which is clear violation of rules and law of the land.”
“In around 20 cases, non-state subject officers who are not competent authority for issuing these certificates have issued the documents,” he said, adding that he has recommended that fresh certificates should be issued in such cases.
The Chairman of the Commission further said bulk of complaints come from Jammu region. “About 97 percent allegations of such nature are from Jammu while only 3 percent are from Kashmir region,” he added.

MANPOWER SHORTAGE:
The Commission which functions from both Kashmir and Jammu is plagued with shortage of manpower, thereby creating constraints in its normal work. At present, the organizational structure of the Commission comprises nine persons including Chairperson and Member Mohinder Singh (Retd. District & Sessions Judge).
“From the day one, the response of the government towards the Commission has been lukewarm and unenthusiastic and little has been done to provide enough staff to the Commission,” Parray said.
“Our work has been severely hit in Jammu due to paucity of staff. In the last 13 years only one clerk was posted there and we have got two clerks only a few days ago,” he said.
The Chairman also complained about absence of a separate wing for serving summons to respondents, saying they are “entirely dependent on manpower of Revenue Department for the purpose.”