16.79 Lakh People In J&K Given Domicile Certificates: Govt Tells LS

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New Delhi- As many as 16.79 lakh people in Jammu and Kashmir have been given domicile certificates so far, the Lok Sabha was informed on Sunday.

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said as per the information provided by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, a total of 21,13,879 people have applied for domicile certificates.

A total of 16,79,520 people were given domicile certificates, he said replying to a written question.

Reddy said altogether 1,21,630 applications have been rejected so far for not annexing prescribed documents with the application.

He said the Rule 5 of the Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure) Rules, 2020, mandates certain documents which are to be annexed with the application.

Those applications which lack the prescribed documents are rejected, he added.

The minister said as per the registration records maintained with the Provincial Rehabilitation Officer (PRO), Jammu and Kashmir, a total of 6,565 families were registered as displaced families from the Chhamb Niabat area during the Indo-Pak war of 1971.

For the displaced families of 1971, agricultural land at the rate of 4 acres (irrigated) or 6 acres (un-irrigated) was allotted. A cash compensation of Rs 7,500 per family was also paid, he said.

Reddy said due to the Indo-Pak war of 1947, a total of 31,619 families got displaced from the Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK), out of which 26,319 families got registered and settled in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

A total of 5,300 families, who were initially registered with the PRO, Jammu and Kashmir, subsequently moved to other parts of the country, he said.

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