Over 32L Given Domicile Certificates In J&K: GoI

Divisional Commissioner Jammu issues Domicile certificate to a member of the Valmiki Samaj

1.22 Lakh Non-PRC Holders Among New Domiciles In J&K

New Delhi- A total of 32.31 lakh people in Jammu and Kashmir have been given domicile certificates and include 122671 persons who were not Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) holders, while 2.15 lakh applications have been rejected, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said on Tuesday.

Reddy also said in Lok Sabha that as per the information provided by the government of Jammu and Kashmir, a total of 35,44,938 applications for issue of domicile certificates have been received as on December 31, 2020, out of which 32,31,353 applicants have been issued domicile certificates.

In a specific query by the Congress parliamentarian from Chandrapur constituency in Maharashtra regarding “the total number of domicile certificates that have been issued to holders of the erstwhile Permanent Resident Certificate”, Reddy said: “As on 31st December, 2020, a total of 31,08,682 Domicile Certificates have been issued to the dependents/holders of erstwhile Permanent Resident Certificates in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.”

In other words, 122671 persons (32,31,353 minus 31,08,682) who were are not PRC holders have been issued the domicile certificate.

A total of 2,15,438 applications have been rejected, he said replying a written question.

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

Under the domicile law, anyone who has resided for 15 years in Jammu and Kashmir or has studied for seven years and appeared in Class 10 and Class 12 examinations in an educational institution located in the Union territory is a domicile, a notification issued in April last year said.

Anyone who is registered as a migrant by the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Migrants) will also be deemed to be a domicile. The children of all-India services personnel, who have served there for 10 years, also come under the category.

Others who can be deemed to be a domicile include the children of those central government officials, all-India services officers, officials of PSU and autonomous bodies of the central government, public sector banks, officials of statutory bodies, central university officials and those of recognised research institutes of the central government, who have served in Jammu and Kashmir for 10 years.

The children of those who fulfil any of the conditions or the children of such residents of Jammu and Kashmir who reside outside the Union territory in connection with their employment or business or other professional or vocational reasons, but their parents fulfil any of the conditions provided in the sub-section, are also considered domiciles, the notification added.

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