The Center redefines J&K's address and extends it to those who live in UT for more than 15 years.

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: In a major decision, the Center notified Tuesday of the changes in the domicile rules for the Jammu Union Territory and established that anyone residing at J&kfor15yearsormorewillbeeligibleforgovernmentjobs,whichwillimmediatelyincreasetheproblemsofkashmirpartieslikepdpwhosaiditaddedinsulttoinjuryandissimilartorubbingsaltonwounds.

domicilerightsalsoextendtoallmigrantswhohavebeenregisteredbythereliefandrehabilitationcommissionerinthepreviousstatewhosestatuschangeddramaticallywhentheirspecialstatusunderarticle370wasterminatedonaugust5oflastyear.

thenewresidencerules,notifiedinthebulletinandappliedasoftuesday,alsoestablishthatanyonewhohasstudiedforaperiodofsevenyearsandhasappearedontheclass10or12examatj&kiseligibleforthecertificateofdomicileoftheut.allofthesepeoplecanobtainatehsildaraddresscertificatefromtheirareaof​​residence.

talkaboutthesuspiciousmoment.atatimewhenallofoureffortsandattentionshouldbefocusedonthecovid-19outbreak,thegovernmentisslippingintoanewdomicilelawforj&k.theinsultaccumulatesininjurieswhenweseethatthelawdoesnotofferanyoftheprotectionsthathadbeenpromised,formerleaderofcmandncomarabdullahhesaidinatweet.



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thechangeintherules,althoughonlyforlow-levelgovernmentjobs,ispoliticallysignificantsincestategovernmentemploymentwaspreviouslyinaccordancewiththedefinitionofpermanentresidents,seenascentraltothearticle370scheme.together,section35ahadalsoworkedtoensurethatcategoriessuchaswomenwhomarryoutofstatewerenoteligiblefordomicilebenefits.thecurrentnotificationdoesnotincludelandownership,butkashmirpartieswillseeitasthethinendofthewedgeandeventhenewlyformedapnipartywillvoiceitsopposition.

theruleshavebeenchangedregardingdesignationingovernmentservicesbyamendingthej&kcivilservices(decentralizationandrecruitment)act.thenotificationfurtherstatesthatcentralgovernmentofficials,includingthoseworkinginpublicsectorcompanies,centralbanksanduniversities,whohaveserved10yearsatj&kandtheirchildrenwillnowbeeligibleforcertificatesofresidence.

theannouncementwascondemnedbypoliticalpartiesinkashmir.whilethenationalconference(nc)calledithollowandunacceptable,thepopulardemocraticparty(pdp)calleditterriblyambivalent,irresolute,andsimilartosplashingpeople'swounds.

inastatement,pdpsecretarygeneralsurinderchoudharysaidtherulechangeisinopportune,verypoorlywrittenandtheresultofaconfusedandchaoticbureaucracy.bothncandpdpquestionedthetimingofthenotificationwhentheentireut,liketherestofthecountry,isunderacoronavirusoutbreakfightingtheblockade.

abdullahalsodemandedthatthegovernmentcouldhavereleasedthepdpchiefandformercmmehboobamufti.youcanimaginehowhollowthedomicilelawis...eventhenewpartycreatedwiththeblessingsofdelhi,whoseleaderswerelobbyingindelhiforthislaw,havebeenforcedtocriticizeit,thenorthcarolinaleadersaid.

thepresidentoftheapnipartywantedtheresidenceordertobesuspendeduntilthecovid-19pandemicends.itisveryunfortunatethatsuchanimportantorderhasbeenissuedatatimewhentheentirecountryisfightingforitssurvivalandisunderstrictclosure,bukharisaid.

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