Inside Kashmir

Soz demands white paper on issuance of 17 lakhs domicile certificates in J&K

Srinagar: Demanding white paper on the issuance of 17 lakh domicile certificate, former Union minister and senior Congress leader Prof Saifuddin Soz on Wednesday described it “alarming” to issue these certificates within a matter of a couple of weeks.

“It is so alarming that J&K Union Territory (UT) administration has issued over 17 lakh Domicile Certificates, approximately, within a matter of a couple of weeks, he said in a statement adding that of these, 12.44 lakh certificates have been issued in Jammu, while 4.16 lakhs certificates have been issued in Kashmir.

The most worrying aspect of this hot-haste exercise is that these certificates have been issued to those persons also, who do not possess Permanent Resident Certificates (PRI) and this is what makes this whole exercise reckless, he alleged.

He said Kashmiris apprehend that this exercise is a clear attempt to change the Demographic Profile of Kashmir, which the people of Kashmir will resist, exercising their Constitutional and Democratic Rights.

The least that the J&K UT Government can do is to issue a ‘White Paper’ on the intention of issuing the enormous number of PRCs and how best it can allay the apprehensions of the people of Kashmir, Cong leader said.

“ If J&K UT Government is of the view that it has no concern and duty for the feelings of Kashmir masses, then, it must take that position, categorically”, he said.

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