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JKAP flays Govt. for delay in issuance of PSP Certificates

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) on Saturday urged the J&K government to do away with unnecessary delay in issuance of Persons Speaking Pahari (PSP) certificate to members of the community who would otherwise get deprived of benefits of reservation in fresh recruitment drive.

In a joint statement issued here, JKAP leaders and former legislators–Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, Raja Manzooor, Javed Beigh and Javed Ahmad Mirchal urged the Lieutenant Governor G.C Murmu to issue necessary directions to the administration especially the revenue department to issue PSP certificates to the members of Pahari community who have been brought under a separate reservation category in April 2020.

“The concerned revenue officers are not issuing these reservation certificates to the members of Pahari community on the pretext that the government may apply income slab as one of the preconditions for issuance of such credentials. Since there is no such qualifying parameter for availing PSP certificates by a member of the Pahari community, the administration seems to be deliberately depriving this community of benefits guaranteed under law,” the JKAP leaders remarked.

They added that the needless delay in issuance of these certificates is bound to affect thousands of candidates who may suffer and lose their chances in absence of PSP certificates in the fresh recruitment initiative taken by the government.

The JKAP leaders remarked that once someone is certified as a member of Pahari Community he or she will remain a Pahari all along his or her life. “So what is the need for periodic revalidation or certification of such certificate holders? These preconditions are irrational and the government must do away with such notions in the administration,” they demanded.

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