SRINAGAR, MARCH 31:A non-state subjects have been issued ration cards by the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department despite the JK government putting embargo on issuance of ration tickets to the non-locals.
A Local daily ihaspossession of a ration ticket which has been uploaded by the CAPD on its website. The ration ticket belonging to one Qamar ul Hassan Ansari of Buchpora under ration card No. 011000748651 is an example of how the non-locals have managed to get the ration cards.
On enquiring from the locals of the area, it came to fore that the said person is a non-local and has been living in Kashmir for over a decade and has somehow managed to get ration card.
“We were shocked to find out that he possesses ration card which is in violation of State Subject Law that is so precious to us,” said a local resident of Buchpora.
Similarly, a few days back locals in South Kashmir’s Pulwama had found out that a non-local barber is in possession of ration card issued by CAPD.
“As per the rules, CAPD doesn’t issue ration cards to the non-locals, as it becomes base for non-state subjects to acquire Permanent Resident Certificates of JK which is contrary to the Article 370,” said a senior government official.
President, JK High Court Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom said: “I don’t know about the policy of CAPD or the government on this issue. But if the government’s policy is not to issue ration tickets to non-locals, then it is a serious matter and it is illegal to give them ration cards,” he said.
In contravention to J&K State Subject laws, non-locals from neighboring state of Punjab have also reportedly managed enrolment in the municipal electoral rolls of J&K, putting a question mark on the claims of successive regimes of the state on protecting the special identity of J&K.
Under Article 370, people who are not State Subjects of J&K can’t purchase land or any other immovable property in the state. The genesis of the State Subject law is the notification dated 20th April 1927, No. 1-L/84 issued by Maharaja Hari Singh.
State Subject Law passed by Maharaja Hari Singh is a safeguard for the residents of J&K. “But unfortunately, Article 370 which gives special status to the J&K domiciles has been torn apart under the nose of the authorities who claim to uphold the special status of J&K,” an expert said.
When contacted, Director CAPD Kashmir, A. R War, said he is under transfer. “It won’t be appropriate for me to speak on this issue.”
Secretary, CAPD, Sourabh Bhagat didn’t respond to the repeated calls from this newspaper.