Non-issuance of Permanent Resident Certificates (PRCs) has led to the residents of Udhampur suffer big time, even as district authorities wait for transfer of powers to grant the same to the citizens.
According to official sources, more than 600 PRC applications are pending in the office of additional deputy commissioner (ADC), Udhampur, for the last three months as the newly posted ADC is yet to receive powers to issue the same from the secretariat.
Hundreds of local residents, particularly youngsters, are facing a lot of hardships. Raghav Sharma, student, alleged that local youths lost several opportunities of getting jobs as without PRCs they cannot apply for jobs under state government.
Sarita Devi, vice chairman, Indian democratic human rights organisation, a non-government organisation, said that without a PRC, they were not even able to sell or purchase property. "It is amazing that the administration is not getting powers for issuance of certificates for last four months where as in other parts of the district such as in Chenani and Ramnagar, ACR and sub-divisional magistrate are issuing PRCs without any delay.
But here, the officer shrugged off his responsibility by saying that he has not received powers." She added that the government should immediately direct concerned authorities to comply; else people would be left with no other option but to come out on roads to protest.
Meanwhile, local residents met political advisor to chief minister Devender Singh Rana here on Sunday, who assured them that the problem would be sought out within two or three days as he has discussed the matter with concerned authorities.