The Centre has defined new domicile rule for Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) according to which a person residing in J&K for at least 15 years will now be eligible to be a domicile of the Union Territory.
Salient features of new rules:
In the latest gazette notification, Section 3A of the J&K Reorganization (Adaptation of State Laws) Order, 2020, under the J&K Civil Services (Decentralization and Recruitment) Act, has been introduced.
It defines domicile as that who has resided for a period of 15 years in the UT of J&K or has studied for a period of seven years and appeared in class 10th or 12th examination in an educational institution located in the UT of J&K.
The provisions of the Act authorize the Tehsildar as a competent authority for issuing the domicile certificate, as opposed to Deputy Commissioner.
Apart from J&K resident, the following are also eligible to apply for jobs or own immovable property in J&K: Children of those Central Government/PSU/PSB/universities officials who have served in Jammu and Kashmir for a total period of ten years or children on parents who fulfill any of the conditions in sections.
Section 5-A states that no person shall be eligible for appointment to a post carrying a pay scale for not more than level 4 unless he is a domicile of UT of J&K.
Through the same order, the Centre has repealed the J&K Civil Services (Special Provisions) Act.
Source : All India Radio