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Government grants 32.31 lakh domicile certificates in J&K, 2.15 lakh applications rejected

Last Updated on March 17, 2021 at 2:31 pm

G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of State for Home, said that 32.31 lakh people in Jammu and Kashmir have been provided domicile certificates and 2.15 lakh applications have been rejected.

Reddy also said in Lok Sabha that 35,44,938 people have applied for domicile certificates till 31 December 2020, out of which 32,31,353 applicants have been granted domicile certificates. 2,15,438 applications have also been rejected. These applications were rejected as they lacked prescribed documents. Rule 5 of the Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure) Rules, 2020 makes it mandatory to attach certain documents with the application.

Reddy said that 31 civilians and 39 security personnel lost their lives in cross-border firing and ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, 2019 when former state was bifurcated into two Union Territories. He said that such incidents of ceasefire violations and cross border firing by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir has taken place for decades as security forces are retaliating in these cases.

He mentioned in a written reply that thirty-one civilians passed away and 39 security force personnel lost their lives in such incidents from August 5, 2019 to February 28, 2021. Reddy said the Central Government has approved construction of 14,460 bunkers (1,431 community bunkers and 13,029 individual bunkers) for protecting people who are living in border areas to save them in case of cross-border firing. The government has already constructed 7,856 bunkers in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

Reddy said that the Central Government has no information related to the leak of WhatsApp chat of Arnab Goswami. Leaked WhatsApp chat included confidential and sensitive information. This case is being investigated by the Mumbai Police.

News Anchor Arnab Goswami’s leaked WhatsApp chat went viral in January this year. Mumbai Police has submitted a 500-page long transcript of WhatsApp conversation containing details of Balakot airstrikes and abrogation of Article 370 before a court as part of its charge sheet regarding case of TV rating point (TRP) scam.

Reddy said in a written reply that the government is not aware about any such information.