Srinagar: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday evening said that the government has no intention of “making or even considering any changes” in the Act, governing permanent resident certificates in the State.
In a reply to the letter by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Raj Bhavan issued a statement saying, “It (Act) is an integral part of the legal structure of Jammu and Kashmir and there is no attempt whatsoever to tamper with this law.”
Governor further said that no changes in the procedural rules governing the issue of PR certificates will ever be done without larger consultations with all stakeholders.
“Consultations are essential so as to avoid any unnecessary apprehensions in the minds of anyone. To the best of my knowledge, nothing of the sort of being contemplated at the moment nor have any decisions been taken. However, in view of the concerns expressed by you, I will assure you that nothing will be done to modify the procedures for issuing PR certificates,” he said.
However, governor added that it is in the context of having a hassle free process for bona-fide applicants that he believes the Revenue Department has sought comments from a few others. “This is a routine administrative matter and unnecessary meanings should not be read into it,” he said.
He advised Omar not to pay heed to such “frivolous and unfounded” report and dispel rather than promote unnecessary mistrust among people.