Controversy over domicile

06/01/2020

The controversy over domicile issue started after the issuance of advertisement notices inviting applications on pan-India basis particularly by the Common High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The move was widely condemned by different political parties and other organizations in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, who said that opening of jobs to outsiders is unacceptable as the same will put career of local unemployed youth in jeopardy. To set at rest the controversy pertaining to domicile issue, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs should issue a notification to protect the employment and land ownership rights of people of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh. Ministry of Home Affairs is already in the process of issuance of formal notification to protect the employment and land rights of the people of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh but because of pre-occupation of the Home Minister Amit Shah in handling the issues relating to Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) the same could not be issued.
A consensus has almost been reached in the Ministry of Home Affairs over fixing minimum 15 years active stay in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh for any citizen not belonging to erstwhile State to obtain benefits of employment and for purchase of land as reported exclusively by the Excelsior in its edition dated November 23. All India Service (IAS/IPS/IFS) officers, who belong to different States but are on the J&K Cadre, will also become eligible for purchase of land while as their children will become entitled to apply for Government jobs as per the consensus that has also been reached during the discussions held in the Ministry of Home Affairs since special Constitutional provisions of the erstwhile State were scrapped and it was bifucated into two UTs of J&K and Ladakh. A possibility is also being explored to ensure that children from any part of the country who completes 9th or 12th class from Jammu and Kashmir under any circumstances will become eligible for taking admissions in the higher institutions of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh.

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