12.5 Lakh Domicile Certificates Issued in J&K So Far: Govt

Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal addresses press conference in Srinagar

Certificates issued are to apply for jobs, says J&K administration

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir administration, on Tuesday, said that the issuance of Domicile Certificates have been accelerated and so far, they have issued 12.5 lakh domicile certificates to people.

The administration however claimed that possession of this document does not entitle a person to buy land in J&K.

Of all certificates made, 11,398 have been issued to West Pakistan refugees and 12,340 to registered migrants.

Addressing a press conference here Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said that the process of issuance of Domicile Certificates is picking up rapidly and certificate issuance is being monitored regularly.

“About 12.5 lakh Domicile Certificates have been issued so far. Over 99% of those issued certificates include erstwhile PRCs or including Kashmiri Pandit migrants. The process of issuance will be further accelerated and the issuance will be monitored to ensure that pendency is brought down to the lowest,” Mr Kansal informed.

He added that so far 11398 West Pakistan Refugees, 415 Valmiki community members, 10 Gorkha community members and 12340 Registered Migrants have been issued Domicile Certificates.

Giving a background about the Domicile Certificate procedure, he said that the Government had notified the Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure) Rules, 2020, which is the basic eligibility condition for appointment to any post under the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir following amendments in the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralization and Recruitment) Act, 2010.

Kansal reaffirmed that the rules provide a simple and time bound procedure for the issuance of the Domicile Certificate so that no one is put to any inconvenience, besides there are provisions for time bound issuance for certificates including an Appellate Authority whose orders will be binding as well as who has revisional powers.

“The rules have a provision that applications for grant of Domicile Certificate can be submitted either physically or electronically online. The Competent Authority can also issue domicile certificate(s) electronically,” he said.

He also mentioned that the Permanent Residents of the erstwhile State of J&K in whose favour Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) has been issued by the competent authority before October 31, 2019 shall be eligible for receiving their Domicile Certificates on the basis of PRCs alone and no other additional document shall be required for such residents.

Similarly, he noted that for Kashmiri migrants, a very simple procedure has been prescribed for they can get the Domicile certificate on production of either a PRC or Certificate of registration of migrant and added that further for bonafide migrants and bonafide displaced persons who have migrated but have not registered with the relief department, there is a special limited provision for registration.

He further explained that in order to further simplify the process and ensure issuance of domicile in the bare minimum time, the Government has issued a notification SO 263 dated: 25th of August, 2020 whereby the Competent Authority has been bound to issue the Domicile Certificates provided under clause 1(a) and clause 4(a) within a period of five working days from the date such application is received by it.

Postal Delivery of Domicile Certificates Initiated by DC Jammu

In view of the current COVID19 pandemic and to facilitate the public at large, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Sushma Chauhan, today initiated the process of delivery of domicile certificates through the Postal Department.

The service has been started in association with the Postal Department.

Launching the service, the Deputy Commissioner Jammu handed over a dozen envelopes containing domicile certificates of some of the applicants of Tehsil Jammu Khas and Bahu to Gaurav Srivastava, Director Postal Services Jammu.

The service has commenced in District Jammu we.f. September 1, 2020.

Among others present at the launch ceremony were S. Jasmeet Singh, Assistant Commissioner Nazool and J.R.Angural, Senior Superintendent of Post Office Jammu.

“This service will be very useful as it will not only eliminate the delays in delivery of Domiciles Certificates to applicants but will also minimize the need to visit the office of issuing authorities”, Deputy Commissioner Jammu said at the launch . She further informed that for facilitating the public, preprinted envelopes have been made available at all the 21 post offices of District Jammu at a very nominal cost of Rs. 28/-, which may be bought by the applicant from their respective post offices and be attached along with the application form after mentioning the complete address along with the accurate pincode.

Tehsil wise List of Post offices where the preprinted envelopes are available, has been made available on the official website of District Jammu https://jammu.nic.in, she informed.

Director Postal Services informed that since these services will be localized service, all efforts will be made to deliver the domiciles on the same day to the applicant. He also informed that sufficient numbers of preprinted envelopes have been made available at all the 21post offices of District Jammu. Applicants can approach the post office of their respective area for purchase of the preprinted envelope. He further informed that the Postal Department will make all provisions to collect the issued domiciles from the respective Tehsils for their onward delivery to the applicant. All the non-delivered envelopes will be returned back to the issuing authority.


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