Ministry of Home Affairs reversed its order issued on March 31st, offering protection to domicile only in Group D and entry-level non-gazetted government posts. Due to criticism, a fresh order was issued on Friday which provides protection to domicile to “any post” in the government including senior-level positions in Group A and Group B category.
There were six changes that were made in total including the removal of the clause which states that any person fulfilling the criteria of domicile eligibility will “deemed to be” a domicile and also the power to issue domicile certificates has been given to “tahsildar”.
After the modification Section 3A(1) which lays down conditions required for any person to be fulfilled in order to become a domicile of Jammu and Kashmir are given below:
Children of Central Government officials, All India Services, PSUs, autonomous body of Centre, Public Sector Banks, officials of statutory bodies, Central Universities, recognized research institutes of Centre who have served in J&K for a total period of 10 years” will be domiciled.
The domicile status also applies to “children of such residents of J&K who reside outside J&K in connection with their employment or business or other professional or vocational reasons but their parents should fulfil any of the conditions provided in Section 3A(1).