The National Conference criticising the pilot project of issuing permanent resident certificate (PRC), also called state subject, at the school-level, said it appears to be a political ploy to dilute the special status of the state.
"BJP has traditionally advocated the scraping of the state subject laws that protect the demographic character of the state," said NC provincial president (Kashmir) Nasir Aslam Wani.
MoS reveune Sunil Sharma had recently said to issue the state subject at school, a project is being started in the initial phase in Kishtwar district. He had said a team of revenue officials would hold camp in the schools and on proper verification of the documents after which the state subject would be issued. He had said project is aimed at removing hassles in its issuance.
"The government should explain why birth certificates, Aadhaar cards or even voter identity cards are not issued at schools. Why this sudden urge to remove crucial checks and balances in the process of issuing state subject certificates, as there are many students studying in the state who are not permanent residents of the state," said Aslam Wani.
He said the chief minister, who is maintaining silence on the issue, should explain the reasons and need for this process.
Aslam Wani said it seems that the PDP has tactically agreed to BJP's traditional demand to do away with the state subject in their power-sharing negotiations which were given a pretense of ideology and morality.
"Has PDP given BJP a blank cheque to toy with the state's special status and permanent resident laws? The prolonged silence of the chief minister on this issue is worrisome and certainly points in that direction," the NC provincial president said.