Domicile Certificates: JK Government Identifies 5520 PaK Migrants Of 1947 From North India

SRINAGAR: In order to help the 1947 Displaced Persons (DP), settled outside Jammu and Kashmir, in getting the Domicile Certificates, the Jammu and Kashmir government has made three lists public.

LT Governor GC Murmu meeting a delegation of West Pakistan refugees after the domicile certificate systems were announced. They thanked the government for ending their wait for the rights. Photo: DIPR

The lists published on the website of Relief and Rehabilitation (M) has listed 1882 individuals – currently living in Delhi, NCR region; 2285 individuals presently living in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana and 1353 individuals who are currently living in Utter Pradesh and Uttrakhand states. These listed persons had migrated to the existing Jammu and Kashmir territory in 1947 from various others parts of the erstwhile state now on the other side of the Line of Control.

In 1947, Jammu and Kashmir witnessed two types of migrants – the West Pakistan refugees or Sharnarthis who belonged to the areas bordering Jammu and Kashmir state from territories which eventually became Pakistan; and Displaced Persons who were state subjects and merely getting displaced from one place of the state to another. But not all of them stayed in Jammu and Kashmir. Some of them moved out and settled in most of north India.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration notified the lists of these individuals in three separate orders.

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The official spokesman issued the following statement.

“The Jammu and Kashmir Government today eased out the process for seeking records from Provincial Rehabilitation Officer (PRO), J&K, for the left out Displaced Families of 1947 of PoJK who have settled outside J&K.

Reportedly, around 5400 Displaced families from PoJK which settled in Delhi, UP, Punjab, Haryana and other parts were facing difficulties in getting proof/record of their migration from the PRO J&K, particularly after issuance of a government order No 52-JK(DMRRR) of 2020 dated: 16.05.2020 that enabled the left out bonafide Kashmiri migrants and Displaced families to get Domicile Certificates.

The Government today notified three lists containing particulars of all recorded displaced persons from PoJK who have presently settled in the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Delhi, at its website (www.jkmigrantrelief.nic.in).

It is pertinent to mention here that in May 2020, in terms of the said government order all left out Displaced Families of 1947 of PoJK who have settled outside J&K were allowed to get Domicile Certificate to avail the benefit but these Displaced Families were facing difficulties in getting their records from the office of the PRO, Jammu, in view of the distance and restrictions on account of Covid -19.

A unique ID has been allocated to each displaced family which shall be a sufficient proof of document to be mentioned before Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Migrants) for the purpose of seeking registration and subsequently the domicile certificate.”

Under the May 16, 2020 order (No 52-JK(DMRRR)), these families are entitled to the Domicile Certificates. So after the identification of the head of the families – of 1947, they are entitled for applying for the certificates.

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