Domicile Delay, One Tehsildar Shifted

SRINAGAR: Authorities shifted a Tehsildar in Mandal (Jammu) after locals protests in delaying the issuance of the domicile certificates, The Tribune reported.

“Amid allegations that the authorities were “minting money” from the poor in the name of issuing domicile certificates, the Jammu and Kashmir Government on Saturday transferred a tehsildar after locals held a protest against the harassment of villagers eligible for the document,” the newspaper reported.

Following the protests, Panjak Singh, a KAS officer was transferred and attached him with Divisional Commissioner, Jammu.

“Two days ago, elected representatives of urban local bodies held a protest in Samba against the alleged availability of domicile forms on the black market. A large number of youths held a massive protest outside the office of the Mandal tehsildar on Friday due to the inordinate delay in issuing the document. On Friday, some members of the Valimki community also charged the authorities with harassing them over domicile certificates due to “caste prejudice”,” according to the newspaper.

The newspaper quoted Tehsildar Bahu, Rohit Sharma, denied the allegations of members of the community. “..the certificates had been issued to those who had completed all formalities,” the officer was quoted saying. It added: “…some documentary proof was required before issuing the certificate. He asked community members to single out the specific cases which had yet not cleared. There might be a shortage of required documents, he said.”

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