Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, Kashmiri Pandit leader in a statement at Jammu has welcomed and appreciated the Gazette Notification of the Central government in regard to the new domicile law for J&K. The notification was issued on March 31.
The Central government in its latest gazette notification states that any person who has resided in the Union Territory of J&K for the period of fifteen years or has studied for the period of seven years and appeared in secondary and higher secondary board examination would be considered as domicile of J&K and appointed in the services there for the posts upto level 4.
The new domicile law for J&K states that a “migrant” registered by the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Migrants) in the newly formed Union Territory would also be considered as domicile. The children of parents who have stayed in J&K for 15 years or are registered as “migrants” would also be considered as domicile.
Chrungoo said, “this is a major integrationist measure aimed at to fulfill the long and cherished mission of the warriors of Praja Parishad movement”. “While it has been ensured that the jobs up to the level of index IV are reserved for the domiciled, as defined in the notification, the posts in the category of level 5 to level 8 will be referred to UPSC, PSC and SSC”.
He said that the issue of fresh registration of “migrants” with the Relief & Rehabilitation office should be immediately stopped with effect from 1st. April 2020. Chrungoo raised this issue with the appropriate authorities earlier as well, “but the exigencies of situation so warrant that the registration should come to a close formally and officially now.”
He said that there are a number of elements who always try to exploit the legal and formal procedure to benefit the vested interests in the UT. Continuation of registration of “migrants” has since lost its relevance and the system needs to be abolished forthwith. This will also protect the interests of the already registered “migrants” and their progeny in both Jammu and Kashmir provinces.
Chrungoo also said that he has taken up the issue of the state subject certificate holders (SSH) with the Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS, PMO today. “Those SSH of the Union Territory of J&K who have not been living in J&K for one reason or the other and are not registered as ‘migrants’ as well should be considered as the deemed domicile of the Union Territory. The notification issued by the government of India require an amendment in this regard or a formal clarification needs to be made”.