Centre amends J&K domicile law order

Amid an uproar by political parties, Government of India has amended the recently issued domicile law for J&K reserving jobs for the local residents that would otherwise be open for people across India.

An order in this regard was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs late on Friday after political parties including JK Apni Party expressed reservations over the new domicile law for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

On Tuesday, the government of India redefined domicile  J&K wherein any Indian citizen having been residing in the erstwhile J&K state for the last 15 years or who passed the class 10th and 12th examinations from a J&K school, would be deemed to be a domicile.

Several other officers and officials working in different central government offices would also be conditionally eligible for a J&K domicile under the new law.  However, the MHA’s order has done away with the special provisions for obtaining a domicile.