J-K admin begins online registration for Kashmiri migrants, displaced persons of PaK

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Administration of Jammu and Kashmir has begun online registration of Kashmiri migrants and displaced persons of Pakistan-administered Jammu and Kashmir (PaJK) living outside the erstwhile state, more than two months after reopening fresh registration for inclusion of bonafide people who migrated from J-K officials said on Saturday.

Over 120 applications for the registration of Kashmiri migrants living outside the UT have been received on the first day of the registration, Press Trust of India reported.

“We have launched an app for the registration of Kashmir migrants and displaced persons on Friday. The registration application process has begun”, Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner J-K, TK Bhat told reporters here.

Bhat said that over 120 applications have been received so far. “Of these, over 40 applications have been received online today”, he said.

Any Kashmiri Pandit and displaced person, who may have left Kashmir in 1944 before Independence and has any proof of owning or possessing immovable property in any part of Jammu and Kashmir on or after 1944, is entitled to domicile of J-K.

On 16 May, the L-G’s administration took a  decision by reopening “fresh registration” for Kashmiri migrants and displaced persons, that paved the way for inclusion of bonafide people who migrated from Jammu and Kashmir.

“Bonafide migrants and bonafide displaced persons who are not yet registered with the relief and rehabilitation commissioner (migrant), Jammu and Kashmir, can apply before the competent authority for registration for purpose of issuance of a domicile certificate only,” an order issued by Additional Secretary, Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, S P Rukwal, said on May 16.

The opportunity of registration for the purpose of obtaining a domicile certificate shall be open only for a period of one year from the date of issuance of this order, Rukwal said.

The relief and rehabilitation commissioner (migrant) of Jammu and Kashmir shall be the competent authority for the purpose of registration of displaced persons, besides Kashmiri migrants to issue domicile certificate, he said.

For this purpose, migrants and displaced persons can apply online with one of the proofs, including a copy of permanent resident certificate, name in electoral roll of 1951 and 1988, proof of working in an autonomous body or entity before 1.11.1989, proof of owning immovable property in J&K on of after 1944, among others.

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