New domicile rule “humiliating and insulting”; govt in no mood to rectify wrongs: JKPC

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference has called the new domicile rules in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir issued by Centre “humiliating and insulting”.

The spokesperson, Junaid Mattu, issued a statement saying that the new definition of domicile “falls way short of expectations even for those who expected some relief some reconciliation process… adds insult to injury.”

The statement further added: “Doing away with district and divisional recruitment is an affront to the concept of affirmative action. We had no expectations but this particular order has made the disappointment even more intense. The government of the day has embarked on an erroneous path and seems to be in no mood to rectify wrongs and instead is content to be deluded in the world of ‘we know the best’ for J&K and its people.”

Yesterday, the Centre stated via a gazetted notification that the new domicile can be granted to an individual who has resided on Jammu and Kashmir for a period of fifteen years, or has studied for a period of seven years and appeared in tenth or twelfth standard examination in an educational institute in J-K, will now be eligible for the domicile of the union territory (UT).

Mr. Mattoo further said, “The lowest rung in jobs has been reserved for locals – not even non-gazetted but Class IV jobs. There seems to be a clear intent of conveying yet another serving of humiliation and insult to the people of J&K after what transpired in August 5th. What is ironically historical though is that in the middle of one of the worst medical disasters facing the world, the Govt of the day has the time and patience to script a disaster of its own. During the #COVID19 battle, the people of J&K didn’t deserve more humiliation.”

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