Domiciles of J&K


In one of the biggest decision after the formation of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory, Government has made all left-out PoK refugee families who had settled outside J&K after migration in 1947 during partition and Kashmiri Pandit migrants residing in different parts of the country, eligible for domicile certificates of the Union Territory. The children of all Central Government officials and All India Services Officers who have served in J&K for total period of 10 years will also be treated as domiciles of J&K. Now, nearly 5300 families from PoK who had settled in States other than Jammu and Kashmir after partition will be treated as domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir. About 32,000 families had migrated from Pak occupied area of Jammu Kashmir to this part of the country following Pakistani aggression in 1947. Among these displaced people, 22,700 families were settled on agricultural land in Jammu region and 3,600 families in urban areas of J&K, mostly in Jammu, Udhampur and Nowshera. However, 5300 such families were settled in other parts of the country and have been residing there since decades. Even as members of these families were eligible for the Permanent State Subject (PRC) for their members for being original inhabitants of J&K, they never applied for the same as no such requirement was ever felt by them.
The Kashmiri Pandits who had left Jammu and Kashmir and were residing in other parts of country will also be eligible for domicile of the Union Territory. Apart from migrants registered with Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Migrants) in J&K, the Government has ordered that other bonafide persons, displaced persons or migrants and their descendants who are not registered with the Commissioner in the UT and may have been left out for variety of reasons such as being outside J&K, not having been able to register in the past or being registered as migrants with Government elsewhere due to circumstances beyond their control, can register themselves for the purpose of getting domicile certificate only, the Government order said. Those who will be eligible for being domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir included Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) holders, children of persons possessing PRC, those who have resided for a period of 15 years in the UT of J&K, children of a person who has resided for a period of 15 years in the UT of J&K, a person who has studied for a period of seven years and appeared in Classes 10th and 12th examination in an educational institution located in the UT, Migrants, children of migrants, children of Central Government officials, All India Service Officers, officials of Public Sector Undertakings, Autonomous Bodies of Central Government, Public Sector Banks, officials of statutory bodies, officials of Central Universities and recognized Research Institutes of Central Government who shall have served in J&K for a total period of 10 years and children of such residents of UT of J&K residing outside UT in connection with their employment or business or other professional or vocational reasons.

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