Commission to check fake PRCs not receiving Govt cooperation

Commission to check fake PRCs not receiving Govt cooperation

4 February 2012
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: Notwithstanding the fact that it was constituted to check settlement of non-State Subjects in Jammu and Kashmir by managing fake Permanent Resident Certificates (PRCs) in connivance with the official machinery, a Commission headed by Dr A Q Parrey is not receiving required cooperation from the State Government as a result of which around 3000 cases are pending with the Commission for disposal and numerous others stand challenged in the courts of law in the absence of any seriousness in vigorously pursuing them. Official sources told EXCELSIOR that in the absence of required cooperation and assistance from the official machinery during the past several years, the Commission, which was constituted by the then State Government headed by Dr Farooq Abdullah after the fake PRCs issue figured in the Legislative Assembly, is finding it difficult to meet the objectives with which it was set-up. 'The seriousness of the Government towards this vital Commission can be gauged from the fact that it has been provided with less than a dozen staff members both at its Headquarters in Old Secretariat at Srinagar and Sub-Office at New Plots in Jammu', sources said, adding 'though the Commission is trying its level best to dispose of the cases challenging the genuineness of the Permanent Resident Certificates yet the manpower constraints are creating so many difficulties and hampering its work'. The non-cooperation from the Government to the Commission doesn’t stop at manpower only as respective Deputy Commissioners, who are the Permanent Resident Certificates issuance authority, are not strictly following the directives about providing whatever information the Commission requires in order to dispose of the cases challenging the PRCs, sources disclosed. Whenever the Commission writes to the Deputy Commissioners after completion of preliminary exercise into complaints challenging the PRCs’ genuineness for required documents or files pertaining to the case, the Deputy Commissioners simply close the chapter by writing 'the file is not traceable', sources regretted. 'Due to non-furnishing of required details or files by the Deputy Commissioners, the Commission feels handicap to proceed further with the cases as a result of which those having managed fake PRCs in connivance with the official machinery get scot free', sources said, adding 'it is really a matter of serious concern that Deputy Commissioners feel their job accomplished by simply writing that file in not traceable instead of carrying out necessary exercise to find out as to who are the black sheep in their offices, who are or were instrumental in issuance of PRCs challenged before the Commission'. To a question, they disclosed that due to non furnishing of required details around 3000 cases are presently pending for disposal with the Commission. 'Even those cases wherein the Commission reached to the final conclusion and made necessary recommendations like seizure of the property, could not reach logical conclusion because the recommendations of the Commission got challenged in the courts of law and nobody from the Government dared to vigorously pursue the same', sources said. 'It is due to non-cooperation with the Commission that large number of people have become the residents of Jammu and Kashmir by managing fake Permanent Resident Certificates', sources said. They said that during the recent meeting convened to review the cases of Revenue Department being contested by the officers in different courts of the State, the Minister for Law, Ali Mohammad Sagar stressed the need to vigorously pursue the cases by the law officers. In the meeting, which was also attended by Minister for Revenue, Raman Bhalla, discussion was also held on PRC cases challenged before Justice Parrey Commission and it was decided that a meeting would be convened shortly to exclusively deliberate upon this issue.