04 December, 2020

Certified To Belong

Srinagar city, a house maze
Photograph by Umer Asif
Certified To Belong

Since coming up with the Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure) Rules, 2020, defining the procedure to obtain domicile in the Union territory, the J&K government has announced 10,000 vacancies and made domicile certificate a criterion for applicants. Permanent residents of the erstwhile State of J&K who were issued the Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) before August 31, 2019, shall be eligible for receiving domicile certificates on the basis of the PRC alone. The government has set a 15-day deadline from the submission of application for local revenue officers to issue the certificate and would deduct Rs 50,000 from the officer’s salary as penalty in case of further delay.

Critics say the process for Kashmiris is similar to the contentious updating exercise of the National Register of Citizens. “The new regime of domicile rights strikes at the roots of the notion of who belongs to Kashmir,” says former J&K finance minister Haseeb Drabu. “The rules obliterate, through redefining, the ethnic conception of belonging...



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