SRINAGAR: The Union Territory (UT) administration has so far granted over 12 lakh domicile certificates so far, government spokesman Rohit Kansal said.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar Kansal said so far, about 12.5 lakh domicile certificates have been granted to the applicants. Though a period of 5 days has been fixed for issuing a certificate to an applicant, yet we have asked all revenue officers, including Tehsildars, to complete the process within five days.
He said that the process of issuance of certificates is picking up rapidly and certificate issuance is being monitored regularly.
He said that over 99% of those issued certificates include erstwhile PRCs or including Kashmiri Pandit migrants.
“Out of 12.5 lakh, 11398 certificates were issued to West Pakistan refugees, 415 to Valmikies, 10 Gorkhas, and 12340 to registered Kashmiri migrants,” he said.
“No document other than PRC is required to apply for the Domicile certificate and it will be issued to the applicants within a period of five days,” he added.
“The domicile certificate is for applying for jobs in Jammu and Kashmir. It does not confer right to buy land,” he said.
“After evaluating the process and the difficulties involved in it for the bonafide residents of Jammu and Kashmir, the time frame for the issuance of the DC has been now reduced to five days,” Kansal said.
Giving a background about the Domicile Certificate procedure, he said that the Government had notified the Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure) Rules, 2020, which is the basic eligibility condition for appointment to any post under the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir following amendments in the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralization and Recruitment) Act, 2010.
Kansal reaffirmed that the rules provide a simple and time bound procedure for the issuance of the Domicile Certificate so that no one is put to any inconvenience, besides there are provisions for time bound issuance for certificates including an Appellate Authority whose orders will be binding as well as who has revisional powers.
“The rules have a provision that applications for grant of Domicile Certificate can be submitted either physically or electronically online. The Competent Authority can also issue domicile certificate(s) electronically,” he said.
He also mentioned that the Permanent Residents of the erstwhile State of J&K in whose favour Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) has been issued by the competent authority before October 31, 2019 shall be eligible for receiving their Domicile Certificates on the basis of PRCs alone and no other additional document shall be required for such residents.
Similarly, he noted that for Kashmiri migrants, a very simple procedure has been prescribed for they can get the Domicile certificate on production of either a PRC or Certificate of registration of migrant and added that further for bonafide migrants and bonafide displaced persons who have migrated but have not registered with the relief department, there is a special limited provision for registration.
He further explained that in order to further simplify the process and ensure issuance of domicile in the bare minimum time, the Government has issued a notification SO 263 dated: August 25, 2020 whereby the Competent Authority has been bound to issue the Domicile Certificates provided under clause 1(a) and clause 4(a) within a period of five working days from the date such application is received by it.