After backlash, Centre overturns rules on J&K government jobs

Ruben Fields
April 5, 2020

"I haven't spoken my mind about 5/8/2019 yet but I will when this is over". In all it made six changes to earlier order issued last Tuesday. Restore statehood, conduct elections.

When political leaders across Jammu and Kashmir are expressing concern against the new domicile law, intellectual and former Advisor to deceased Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, Amitabh Matoo Friday said that the draft regarding the domicile law has been prepared by a Section Officer who probably failed in his law degree. The domiciles include children of those central government officials; All India services officers, officials of public sector undertaking and autonomous body of the central government, public sector banks, officials of statutory bodies, officials of central universities and recognized research institutes of the central government who have served in Jammu and Kashmir for a total period of ten years.

Earlier - in the order issued on March 31 - the home ministry had reserved jobs for domiciled residents only in Group D and non-entry gazetted government posts.

The notification of domicile rules for the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir had triggered a major row as it not only loosened the criteria of who can claim residency but also opened up higher-level jobs open for all and kept only lower level jobs, such as junior assistant and peon, reserved for locals.

Some Kashmiri groups in Jammu and Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.

Sources said Bukhari who is camping in Delhi has chose to call on Prime Minister and Home Minister and inform them about the resentment and anger in the rank and file of the party besides common people of J&K.

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Demanding an immediate rollback of the law, Choudhary said the government of India should prioritise all its efforts in containing the spread of coronavirus in the country as well as in Jammu and Kashmir. He said the domicile law, even in amended form, was "dangerous" and only portrays the real intention of people sitting in the power corridors. "The turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the major disadvantages for the local youth, wedging their growth besides nearly negligible options in the private sector", the PDP spokesperson added. "This is not in the interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and want to have a relook of the Domicile order", Mir told KNS.

Yesterday, National Panthers Party leader Harsh Dev Singh staged a protest against this domicile law terming it anti-people and a source of depriving original inhabitants of Jammu and Kashmir of their livelihood.

As reported already by the Kashmir Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS), Bukhari was assured by the home minister that the lacunas identified by him in the domicile order would be removed and the law would be made exclusive in the matter of employment for the Jammu and Kashmir residents. Another said that both people of Kashmir and Jammu should get united over the matter which is totally in discriminatory in nature. "In spite of the "amendment", #Domicile Order still falls short of expectations in content and context as well".

Definition So, how did the government define domicile?

The Indian government on Wednesday announced a new set of laws for the disputed territory that grants domicile rights to Indian citizens in the region.

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