Omar questions domicile law for J&K

File Pic: Habib Naqash/GK

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah questioned the “suspect timing” of the domicile rules defined by the centre amid  prevailing situation owing to Covid-19 outbreak. 

“Talk about suspect timing. At a time when all our efforts & attention should be focused on the #COVID outbreak the government slips in a new domicile law for J&K. Insult is heaped on injury when we see the law offers none of the protections that had been promised,” Omar wrote on Twitter.

Without naming anyone, Abdullah said the domicile law had forced even new political parties “created by Delhi’s blessings” to criticise the law.  

“ You can imagine how hollow the domicile law is from the fact that even the new party created with Delhi’s blessings, whose leaders were lobbying in Delhi for this law, have been forced to criticise the #JKdomicilelaw,”. Omar wrote in another tweet. 

Omar’s response comes after Government of India spelled out the domicile laws for Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which says a person who has resided in Jammu and Kashmir for a period of 15 years or has studied for a period of seven years  and appeared in Class 10th and 12th examination  in a school within the region shall be deemed to be the domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir now on. It also includes the children of the central government officials, who have served in Jammu and Kashmir for a period of ten years.