The domicile was defined through a gazette notification issued by the Union Home Ministry on March 31

The central government in its latest gazette notification stated that any person who has resided in the Union Territory of J&K for the period of fifteen years or has studied for the period of seven years and appeared in secondary and higher secondary board examination would be considered as domicile of J&K and appointed in the services there.

The new gazette notification issued on March 31st states that a migrant registered by the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Migrants) in the newly formed Union Territory would also be considered as domicile. The children of parents who have stayed in J&K for 15 years or are registered as migrants would also be considered as domicile.

“The children of those central government officials, All India service officials, Officials of Public sector undertaking, autonomous body of central government, public sector banks, officials of statuary bodies officials of central universities and recognized research institutes of central government who have served in J&K for a period of ten years,” the notification reads would also be considered as domicile for purpose of appointment to any service in J&K.

The notification has been issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs in exercise of powers conferred by section 96 of the J&K Reorganization Act, 2019, under section 14 referred to as The J&K Civil Services (Decentralization and Recruitment Act).

The central govt passed J&K Reorganization Bill in the parliament on August 5 and 6, through which special status of J&K was revoked and the state was downgraded and bifurcated into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh. The government complete clampdown and communication gag in J&K in wake of the passing of the bill to contain any reaction from the ground in J&K and arrested around 7357 persons including three former chief ministers and Hurriyat leadership to scuttle any opposition. Many leaders continue to remain in detention and high speed mobile Internet is suspended as well.

Courtesy: The Economic Times

The Economic Times