15 year resident, student for 7 years Kashmir domicile: Centre

Srinagar: Indians who have resided in Jammu and Kashmir for 15 years or studied for 7 years and appeared in secondary and higher secondary board examinations in the Union Territory will be considered a domicile, the Centre has said.

The Union home ministry’s gazette notification issued on Monday will make such persons eligible to apply for jobs in the UT. A migrant registered by the UT’s Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner also will be considered a domicile as will children of parents who have stayed in J&K for 15 years or are registered as migrants.

“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 recognised research institutes of central government who have served in J&K for a period of ten years,” will also be considered as domicile for appointment to any service in J&K.

The Union home ministry notification said “children of such residents of UT of J&K as reside outside the UT in connection with their employment or business or other professional or vocational reasons but their parents fulfill any of the conditions,” as per notification would also be eligible for the job in the UT. The tehsildar will be the domicile certificate issuing authority. The Centre had passed the J&K Reorganization Bill on August 5 and 6, through which special status of J&K was revoked and the state was downgraded and bifurcated into UTs.

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