Almost one year before on 5th August 2019, The Government of India revoked the article 35K and 370 which claimed to have special constitution status of J&K and organised it into two union territory. Earlier, the state of J&K had special powers that define its permanent residents land, Educational and Employment rights only for them. However, there are two to three lakh people living there as refugees from Pakistan, Sanitary workers and The Gurkhas who arrived there as a soldier before independence were not classified as the permanent residents of J&K which leads to denial of opportunities in education, employment and politics.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday (June 27) started the process of distributing domicile certificates among people belonging to different sections who had been living in the Union Territory (UT) for the last seven decades but were deprived of their legitimate citizenship rights – India TV
In order to improve the present situation and development of the Union territories, the fresh changes include new domicile rule in which people and their children who have restricted for 15 years in J&K or have studied for 7 years and appeared in the class of 10th or 12th exam in an educational institution in the Union territory are now eligible for grant of domicile (the place or country of residence, which is legally or officially recognized or in Hindi its niwas sthan ). They can also apply for local government jobs in J & K including Police forces. However, everyone isn’t happy with this move. The mainstream political leaders of the valley have widely criticized this move as “discriminatory and an insult”. It raised the concern for the nativism and its rights.
A national conference leader Omar Abdulla on Wednesday lased out at the centre over new domicile rules for Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was an insult to injury of the people as there as there were none of the promised protection- Mumbai Mirror.
Other leaders also such as Farooq Abdulla Calls J&K’s new Domicile law “Illegal, Unconstitutional” and J&K Apni Party, recently created by Altaf Bukhari, has also denounced the new domicile law and has asked the Centre to desist from such moves in Jammu and Kashmir.
The leaders of the National Conference and the Congress feel threatened due to the new domicile rules in Jammu and Kashmir as they had for long thrived on their vote-bank, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Sunday.
This change might lead to a huge influx of migrants in the region and there could be dispossession of land and shrinking of economic opportunities for local people. But, for the economic growth and the vitality of society, this move will be beneficial in the long run as equal opportunities are provided to all the people. Instead of sticking to nativism, the valley should embrace this move with happiness.
Official Writer - Sweta Kumari