Centre amends domicile law, reserves all jobs for J&K residents; all persons living in UT for 15 years entitled for reservation

Centre amends domicile law, reserves all jobs for J&K residents; all persons living in UT for 15 years entitled for reservation

Umer Maqbool

Srinagar, Apr 4:  The Central government on Friday night amended the legal framework to reserve all gazetted and non-gazetted posts for J&K domiciles, which includes those who are living in UT for 15 years and children of central government employees serving in J&K for period of 10 years.

Making amendments in the Jammu & Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralization and Recruitment) Act, the Union Home Ministry, in a late night notification, reserved all jobs for J&K domiciles.

With these changes, all jobs in J&K UT would now require domicile certificate to be issued by respective Tehsildars. Earlier, only class IV and non-gazetted entry level jobs were reserved for J&K domiciles defined in the Jammu and Kashmir Re-organisation(adaptation of state law) Order, 2020.

Now those living in Union Territory for 15 years would be entitled for reservation in jobs. Those who have studied for seven years in UT and appeared in 10th or 12th class in J&K would also be eligible for reservation in all jobs like erstwhile permanent residents of J&K.

The migrants registered by the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner would also be eligible for the reservation.

The order issued on April 1, children of central government employees, All India Service officers, public sector undertakings, statutory bodies, central universities and recognized central research institutes who have served in J&K for 10 years would also be its domiciles.

The Central Government’s move to restrict only class IV jobs and lowest level non-gazetted posts for J&K domiciles faced widespread criticism from all parties including National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Congress, Peoples Conference and Apni Party. The state unit of BJP was also upset the domicile law.