Bihari IAS Officer, 25,000 Others Get J&K Domicile Certificates

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Jammu: An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer hailing from Bihar state on Friday became the first among the civil servants from outside to get the domicile certificate in Jammu and Kashmir.

The domicile certificate issued by Tehsildar of the Jammu’s Bahu area, Rohit Sharma says, “This is to certify that Shri Navin K. Choudhary, son of Shri Deokant Choudhary, resident of at present Gandhi Nagar, Jammu is a domicile of UT of J&K.

“The applicant is eligible in terms of the following clause of rule 5 of the Jammu and Kashmir grant domicile certificate (Production) rules 2020”.

According to this rule, those living in J&K for more than 15 years can apply for the certificate.

Navin Choudhary is an IAS officer of the J&K cadre, 1994 batch. He hails from Bihar.

In addition to Kumar, authorities said domicile certificates have so far been issued in favour of 25,000 while the number of applications received so far is 33,157.

After the abrogation of Article 370, the permanent resident law was abolished and it was replaced by the new domicile law which entitles all those holding the erstwhile permanent resident certificates, those serving or engaged in other vocations in J&K for over 15 years and children of outside parents who pass their 10th and 12th class exam from a recognised educational institution of J&K, to obtain the domicile certificates.

Law Aimed To Change J-K’s Muslim-Majority Character: PDP

Meanwhile the Peoples Democratic Party on Friday voiced its “stern opposition” to the new domicile rules for Jammu and Kashmir, saying the Centre through “such underhand means” intends “demographic flooding” in the union territory while “plundering” the people of their identity and constitutional guarantees.

It alleged that the objective of “population replacement” in J-K is to change the Muslim-majority character of the erstwhile state at a time when “everything in the country is viewed through the prism of religion”.

“As the agenda unfolds, it becomes clear that along with the intended demographic change, the target is also the jobs, natural resources, cultural identity and everything that the people of Kashmir had tried to save by acceding to India with firm constitutional guarantees,” a PDP spokesman said in a statement issued here.

“The PDP voices its stern opposition to the new domicile rules for Jammu and Kashmir. Through such underhand means, the Centre intends demographic flooding in the union territory while plundering the people of their identity and constitutional guarantees,” he said. The spokesman said the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was a matter of life and death for its people and “no one had the authority to challenge the very identity of the people of the state in any court across the world”.

“The scrapping of Article 370 was a constitutional fraud which disregarded even larger national interest for the communal agenda of the ruling party, as is now becoming evident by events in and around J-K and Ladakh,” he said.

He said it is time that the Centre recognises the “fallacy of its actions” in J-K and reverses its “communally driven agenda” and sees the pain that it has caused to the people here “as it threatens to hurtle the entire region into an era of unending instability”

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