Jammu and Kashmir government to issue domicile certificate to spouse of native woman


JAMMU: In a significant move, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has announced to issue a domicile certificate to the husband of a native woman. Earlier, the J&K women who were married outside the Union Territory, made their spouse ineligible for domicile certificate.

The Union cabinet in 2020 approved for the Jammu & Kashmir (Adaptation of State Laws) Second Order, 2020 issued under section 96 of Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.

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The order modified the applicability of Domicile conditions to all level of jobs in the Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir under the Jammu & Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralisation and Recruitment) Act.

According to the rules, a person residing in Jammu and Kashmir for at least 15 years can be considered to be a domicile of the Union Territory.

Notably, the migrants registered by the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Migrants) in the UT of J&K are also eligible to obtain a domicile certificate.

“Children of those central government officials, all India services officers, officials of PSUs and autonomous body of the central government, public sector banks, officials of statutory bodies, officials of central universities and recognised research institutes of the central government who have served in Jammu and Kashmir for a total period of ten years or children on parents who fulfil any of the conditions in sections,” are considered to be a domicile of the Union Territory.

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh had described the Jammu & Kashmir Domicile Rules Notification as the dawn of a new era for the Union Territory.

In March 2021, the Centre informed that as per Jammu & Kashmir government’s information, a total of 35,44,938 applications for issue of Domicile Certificate was received till December 31, 2020, out of which 32,31,353 applicants have been issued Domicile Certificates.

“As on 31st December, 2020, a total of 31,08,682 Domicile Certificates have been issued to the dependents/holders of erstwhile Permanent Resident Certificates in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir,” former Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy had said in a written reply to question in the Rajya Sabha.

Notably, as per Jammu & Kashmir government, no Kashmiri Hindu families have migrated from J&K after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A. Kashmiri Pandits have been issued Domiciles under new rules, the Centre had earlier informed.