‘Non-disposal of RBA certificate for 3 years’: HC seeks response 

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Srinagar: The High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh has sought response from the administration following a petition filed by a resident of north Kashmir who alleged that he has been denied Resident of Backward Area (RBA) certificate for three years.

Manzoor Ahmad Khaja Ganie, a resident of Uri subdivision of Baramulla district, approached the High Court through his counsel Advocate Naveed Bukhtiyar seeking issuance of Resident of Backward Area (RBA) as his application was rejected by authorities.

A bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey issued notice after hearing the petitioner and ordered the respondent appearing through Feroz Ahmad Sheikh, Deputy Advocate General, to file a response on September 1, 2021, the next date of hearing.

The petitioner has claimed that he had applied before the Tehsildar Uri for grant of RBA certificate under the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 read with the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Rules of 2005.

The application was rejected in May 2018 following which he had filed an appeal before the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla in July 2018.

The counsel in the petition submitted that the first appellate authority District Development Commissioner Baramulla was supposed to dispose of the case “within 30 days from the date of receipt of the appeal, however, despite lapse of more than three years time … has not yet decided”.


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