Demographic change & disenfranchisement will further complicate J&K issue: PDP on domicile law

Srinagar, May 19: Reacting to the newly implemented domicile law in Jammu and Kashmir by the UT administration,  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemned the new domicile rules, saying, “Even a pandemic is no deterrent for the GOI to continue with its disempowerment project for JK”.

The part said orders like the one on domicile certificates don’t settle anything, neither do they cover up the August 5, fraud.

“The demographic change and disenfranchisement will further complicate the J&K issue which has claimed thousands of lives so far. This will be resisted through all democratic, peaceful means,” PDP said.

On April 1, eight months after abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, the BJP government notified a law, spelling out new domicile rules for Jammu and Kashmir and eligibility for employment in the region.

Under the law, the domiciles have been defined as those who have resided for a period of 15 years in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, those have studied for a period of seven years and appeared in Class 10th /12th examination in educational institutions located in J&K. The government had also reserved jobs for fourth class government position for domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir.

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