‘New Definition Of Domicile Is Humiliating, Insulting’: Peoples Conference

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Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference (JKPC) on Wednesday said the presidential order defining the domicile law issued at the depth of night while the world is under the grip of a deadly pandemic, falls way short of expectations even for those who expected some relief and some reconciliation process.

“The presidential order defining the domicile law issued at the depth of night while the world is under the grip of a deadly pandemic falls way short of expectations even for those who expected some relief some reconciliation process. The new definition of ” domicile” is humiliating and insulting. Adds insult to injury. Doing away with district and divisional recruitment is an affront to the concept of affirmative action. We had no expectations, but this particular order has made the disappointment even more intense,” party chief spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said.

Matttu said the government of the day has embarked on an “erroneous path” and seems to be in no mood to rectify wrongs and “instead is content to be deluded in the world of ”we know the best” for J&K and its people”.

“The lowest rung in jobs has been reserved for locals – not even non-gazetted, but Class IV jobs. There seems to be a clear intent of conveying yet another serving of humiliation and insult to the people of J-K after what transpired in August 5th. What is ironically historical though is that in the middle of one of the worst medical disasters facing the world, the Government of the day has the time and patience to script a disaster of its own. During the COVID19 battle, the people of J-K didn’t deserve more humiliation,” said JKPC spokesman in a statement.

The government on Wednesday issued a gazette notification announcing a slew of amendments to 138 Acts of Jammu and Kashmir that included protecting jobs up to Group-4 for only those who are domicile of the union territory.

According to the change in laws, anyone who has resided for 15 years in Jammu and Kashmir or has studied for seven years and appeared in Class 10 and Class 12 examinations in an educational institution located in the union territory is a domicile. Also, those registered as a migrant by the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Migrants) will also be deemed to be a domicile.

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