SRINAGAR: The move by the State Government to issue Permanent Resident Certificates (PRCs) online in Samba district of Jammu Division has drawn flak as hundreds of netizens have started criticizing the move and have raised questions over the intentions of the government.
Recently Deputy Commissioner Samba, Sheetal Nanda, reviewed the progress of an online system for issuance of PRC being developed by NIELET, and under the project a user can register on the application by entering his details and uploading his requisite documents along with details of fee deposited in government treasury which would then be forwarded to the PRC issuing authority i.e. ACR/SDM.
The netizens while questioning the intentions of the government are asking it why always such initiatives are started from Jammu only. Earlier, PRCs were issued at school level in Jammu and now again in Jammu PRCs can be issued online. Seems a clear move to turn non-state subjects into state-subjects in Jammu, wrote a netizen Sahil Nazir on the facebook.
Civil Society member Abdul Majid Zargar wrote that the explanation offered for the reported move is to simplify the cumbersome procedure involved in issuing these certificates in the conventional way. Is there nothing else left in J&K State which requires simplification of procedures like building permission, a ration card? Why are these experiments started in Jammu only and not from Kashmir province? Is it part of the broader agenda to change the demographic character of the State? It may be mentioned here that the procedure for issuance of a PRC has been deliberately kept cumbersome so that these are not available to every Tom, Dick and Harry. The physical presence of a person in the office of issuing authority is a must so that his appearance, voice accent etc are put to scrutiny. Issuing them on-line will defeat the very purpose of a PRC.
Reacting to a post, a netizen Bhat Abbas has written that people know what happened when the system of admission to an educational institute was made on-line recently;-a brown cow was able to cheat the system and obtain an admission. Hence the Government must abandon this ill-advised move without any delay.
A netizen tweeted that PRCs rules are simplified to pave way for the non-state subjects to obtain RPCs. (CNS)
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