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Uri residents allege ‘faulty process’ in issuance of PSP certificates

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Srinagar: Residents of border town Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district have alleged ‘faulty process’ opted by the local administration in issuing the Pahari Speaking People (PSP) certificates.
Locals said that the due process is not being followed by the administration while issuing the PSP certificates.
“I applied for the Phari certificate in July. I even completed the basic formality that was required but as of now I am being told that I am not eligible for the certificate,” Iqbal Banday, a local, said.
Another local resident, Zeeshan Budoo of Lagama village of Uri said that he and his sister have applied for PSP scholarship many times and were always recognized by the PSP member as well while issuing the certificate.
“Even in 2019 tehsil office itself issued certificate for scholarship, but once the reservation was announced they have started denying the reservation to us without any legal justification,” they said.
Erfan Raina, a Journalist from Uri said that he was surprised that officials in Uri lack basic understanding of law.
“The definition of the Pahari speaking person under SO 127 is a person belonging to the Pahari community, caste or clan,” he said, adding that when his first cousin is a member of the Pahari speaking community whose tehsil office has issued the certificate, how can he be denied the same. “Are they defeating or killing the first line of the definition of law itself.”
Meanwhile, Nazir Ahmad, Coordinator J&K RTI Movement said it’s very unfortunate that not a single written communication has been made to higher ups, seeking any clarification.
“Usually, officials in the tehsil office Uri are dodging applicants by saying there is deficiency in law. Why do officers posted in Uri expect someone among the locals to visit Jammu to take up this matter with LG or the principal secretary,” he added. (KNS)


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