For jobs, education, ownership of land: Centre mulling mandatory 15-year residency norm in JK
Srinagar, Jan 3:
The Centre is examining the option of introducing mandatory requirement of
15-year residency in government jobs, ownership of land, seats in professional
and college education in Jammu and Kashmir to allay apprehensions of locals,
officials said on Friday.
The move came
after several organisations in Jammu and Kashmir expressed fears of outsiders
grabbing jobs, lands and seats in academic institutions after the abrogation of
Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.
examining the options of protecting the rights of locals of the UT of Jammu and
Kashmir under the state domicile rules,” a home ministry official said.
include introducing mandatory requirement of 15-year residency in government
jobs, ownership of land, seats in professional and college education, the
arrangement will be on the lines of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
northeastern states like Nagaland, this arrangement is covered under Article
371 of the Constitution.
states have different residency norms, the central government is planning to
introduce a 15-year minimum residency norm for an outsider to attain domicile
status in Jammu and Kashmir.
condition may not be applicable for industrial houses to buy land for setting
up business ventures and construct quarters for their employees.
There is a
possibility of providing relaxation to central government employees, who are
from other parts of the country but have been living in the two UTs in last
five years or more.
officials and their children, and students who are from other states but may
have cleared their Class X or Class XII board exams in Jammu and Kashmir or
Ladakh may be given residency.
all-India services and their children are considered domicile of their respective
cadre states usually but a decision has to be taken on whether to extend the
benefits to the AGMUT cadre officers who will be now part of the two UTs.
similar residency norm was fixed by the last Dogra ruler of Jammu and Kashmir,
Maharaja Hari Singh, who issued a notification on June 27, 1932, fixing ten
years of continuous residence as a mandatory requirement before “foreign
nationals” can purchase immovable property and be considered as Class III
“The foreign nationals residing in the state of Jammu and Kashmir shall
not acquire the nationality of the Jammu and Kashmir state until after the age
of 18 on purchasing immovable property under permission of an ‘ijazatnama’ and
on obtaining a ‘rayatnama’ after ten years continuous residence in the Jammu
and Kashmir state as laid down in Notification No.-I-L. of 1984, dated 20th
provision was altered by the Constituent Assembly in 1954 when it amended the
Jammu and Kashmir Constitution Act, 1939, defining permanent residents of the
state as any person who, before May 14, 1954, “lawfully acquired immovable
property in the state” and “has been ordinarily resident in the state
for not less than ten years prior to the date”.
The amendment deprived
thousands of refugees from erstwhile West Pakistan, who had settled in Jammu
province following the 1947 partition, from becoming permanent residents of the
will get domicile status and be eligible to buy land, get jobs and obtain
admission in professional colleges in these UTs once the government decides on
a new residency norm, another official said.