Necessary Correction

11/03/2018

In a glaring example of administrative inertia and callousness of the Government, thousands of inhabitants of 44 villages in Ramnagar Assembly constituency fallingunder Reserved Backward Areacould not get benefit of the category for more than a decade because of minor typographical error in spelling of these villages while the successive Governments took 12 years to issue necessary clarification in this regard. Notwithstanding the recommendation for necessary correction and submission of fact finding report by the Deputy Commissioner Udhampurin 2010 stating that due to misspelling error of these 44 villages, concerned authorities were facing problem in issuance of RBA certificate to the local residents, no further action was taken by the office of Divisional Commissioner Jammu for the next seven years. During this period of 12 years, the matter was taken up before the Chief Minister's Grievance Cell, on floor of the Legislative Assembly, successive Ministers for the Social Welfare and other concerned agencies but to no avail.
Pertinent to mention that a number of villages in Ramnagar, Majalta and Basantgarh tehsils of Udhampur district were notified among the list of Reserved Backward Area vide SRO 294 of 2005, dated 20-10-2005. However, names of 44 villages were wrongly spelt in the said SRO thus creating a deviation in the names mentioned in the relevant Revenue records and ultimately leading to problem in issuance of RBA certificate to the local residents of these villages. These villages included Loudhra, Balota Upperi, Punara, Kadwah, Khaned, Rasil Gadheren, Rasil Thakral, Chatrari, Artal, Chakal, Jogger, Balota Chigla, Plal, Dheeran, Baryalta Samna Banj, Amroh, Keya, Bari, Ladana, Latti, Chapper, Jakhed, Pachound, Padder, Dhar Seoj, Jandrore, Nalla Mallian, Bhalla, Konain, Farole Thaley, Sullan, Katwalt, Mahni, Sarsoo, Barmeen, Satyalta, Ser Manjla, Birnoo, Surni, Badhole, Babey, Chore Panjian and Mottu. As the concerned authorities faced problem in issuance of RBA certificates to the local residents due to wrong spelling of these villages in the SRO, the matter was variously taken up before the Government. After failure to get appropriate response of the concerned authorities, a complaint in this regard was also lodged in the Chief Minister's Grievance Cell vide complaint number 13075, dated 22-04-2010 by R S Pathania (now MLA Ramnagar). It is impressed upon all the concerned authorities for issuance of necessary RBA certificate to the eligible beneficiaries of these villages, strictly in terms of J&K Reservation Act and Rules thereof, treating these spellings as typographical or transcriptional error, so that inhabitants of these villages are not debarred from availing necessary benefits.

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