Jammu: Despite stiff opposition by the political parties, social and religious groups, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday distributed domicile certificates among the ‘non-locals’, including West Pakistani refugees in this winter capital.
Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Sanjeev Verma in a special camp organized today distributed 50 domicile certificates to those sections of the society who were residing in J&K for the last more than 70 years but were ‘deprived of their legitimate citizenship rights’, an official spokesperson said.
Among those, the official spokesperson said included West Pakistani refugees, members of Balmiki Samaj, Gorkhas and others from R S Pura, Bishnah, Bahu, Jammu South and several other parts of Jammu.
Speaking on the occasion, Verma said that with the distribution of domicile certificates the long pending demand of the public has been fulfilled.
“People who were living in Jammu and Kashmir for last many years but were deprived of citizenship rights now have equal rights as other citizens of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Under the Domicile Rules all those persons and their children who have resided for 15 years in Jammu and Kashmir or have studied for seven years and appeared in class 10th or 12th examination in an educational institution in the UT are eligible for grant of domicile.
Children of Central Government officials, All India service Officers, officials of PSUs and Autonomous body of Central Government, Public Sector Banks, Officials of Statutory bodies, Officials of Central Universities and recognized research institutes of the Central Government, who have served in the Union territory of Jammu of Kashmir for a total period of ten years will also be eligible for Domicile status in the UT.
“Besides, all those migrants and their children who are registered with the relief and rehabilitation Commissioner will be granted a domicile certificate. Children of those residents of Jammu and Kashmir who reside outside the Union territory in connection with their employment of business or other professional or vocational reasons have become eligible for grant of domicile status,” the official spokesperson said.
“West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs), Safai Karamcharis and Children of Women married outside Jammu and Kashmir who were earlier deprived are also eligible for Domicile Certificate. West Pakistani Refugees were part of the Parliamentary electoral roll but not of the erstwhile state electoral roll. They will now be covered under the 15 year residence rule or their children under the 7 year/ class 10/12 rule,” he added.
MoS Jitendra, 8980 Others Get Domicile Certificates
Union Minister of State in Prime Minister Office Dr Jitendra Singh and as many as 8980 people from Doda district have received their domicile certificates, officials said Saturday.
Singh, who is also Member Parliament Udhampur- Doda Constituency, received today his domicile certificate online, officials said. Singh hails from village Kalhota Malhori of Doda district.
“The Union Minister applied for the domicile certificate through online mode by following all the rules, regulations and documentary formalities and accordingly Tehsildar Doda issued domicile certificate in his favour,” officials added.
According to the officials, mass distribution of domicile certificates is on in Doda district as per the directions of the JK UT administration.