New domicile rules in J&K
The J&K administration has rolled out the process to issue domicile certificates to the spouses of erstwhile State subjects who have a domicile certificate, which will allow husbands of women married outside to acquire the documents for the first time.
What does the order say?
- In exercise of the powers conferred by provision to Article 309 of the Constitution of India read with Section of the J&K Civil Service (Decentralization and recruitment) Act, 2010, the government hereby grants domicile certificates to spouse of a domicile.
- Those persons and their children who have resided for 15 years in J&K, or have studied for seven years and appeared in the Class X or XII exam in an educational institution in the UT, are eligible for grant of domicile
- The government has authorized tahsildars to issue such certificates against “valid proof of marriage”.
- A deputy commissioner will be the appellate authority for the same
- Two to three lakh people, made up of refugees from Pakistan, sanitary workers resettled from other parts of India and Gorkhas who arrived as soldiers before Independence will get a relief
- changes will enable many others currently living in J&K to get domicile and associated rights.
- New domicile rules will lead to a huge influx into the region
- Dispossession of land and a shrinking of economic opportunities for local people