J&K political parties call amended domicile rules 'cosmetic'

Yolanda Curtis
April 5, 2020

"Who has resided for a period of fifteen years in the UT of J&K or has studied for a period of seven years and appeared in class 10th/12th examination in an educational institution located in the UT of J&K shall be eligible to become the domicile", reads latest gazette notification, under Section 3A of the J&K Reorganisation (Adaptation of State Laws) Order 2020, under the J&K civil services (decentralisation and recruitment) Act. They looted our resources, our power and now our jobs are being stolen.

Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will be the only political entity in the country, wherein all Government jobs have been reserved for domiciles only and not open to other residents of the country, who don't qualify under the domicile rules as defined under Jammu and Kashmir Services (Decentralization and Recruitment) Act. Extending gratitude to Union Home Minster Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the JKAP president said their timely and personal intervention made the much needed amendments to domicile law possible in a very short span of time.

The new regulations came as a blow to the newly-formed Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) that had positioned its politics on the promise of protecting the "jobs of the local people".

After the amendment, all jobs are now reserved for the domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir, which was stripped of its special status under Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5, 2019, and downgraded to a Union territory.

The BJP is hoping to make big gain in Jammu in the next election that will be held after the delimitation exercise of Assembly constituencies is completed due to several steps its has taken for the benefit of the Hindu-majority region including removal of Article 370.

His tweet was liked by people both hailing from Kashmir as well as Jammu while most of the netizens hailed him for his outspokenness. He urged the Government to fulfill the cherished demand of the local residents for restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir. "Talk about suspect timing. the government slips in a new domicile law for J&K", he has said. Senior CPM leader Mohammad Yosuf Tarigami noted that the widespread resentment across Jammu and Kashmir over the domicile law for appointments in government sector forced the central government to amend the legal framework to reserve all gazetted and non-gazetted posts for J&K domiciles. "Insult is heaped on injury when we see the law offers none of the protections that had been promised".

However, the new rule only brought criticism for the Centre, even from BJP's local unit.

Civil society activist and former leader of the employees joint action committee (EJAC), Abdul Qayoom Wani, however said that the new law will "rob Kashmiris of their jobs".

"We want the government to save the precious lives from the virus, which is out to swallow the entire human race".

" Altaf Bukhari is in Delhi to raise voice against the and express concern against the recently issued Domicile order". Party leader, Altaf Bukhari described the order as "a casual attempt, cosmetic in nature, and created to hoodwink the people of Jammu and Kashmir".

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