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J&K to grant domicile certificates to non-local spouses

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J&K to grant domicile certificates to non-local spouses:


Context:

In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 309 of the Constitution of India and the J&K Civil Service (Decentralisation and recruitment) Act, 2010, the J&K administration has rolled out the process to issue domicile certificates to the spouses of erstwhile State subjects who have a domicile certificate.

  • This will allow husbands of women married outside to acquire the documents for the first time.

 

Background:

Prior to August 5, 2019, when the Centre ended J&K’s special constitutional position, husbands of local women married outside J&K had no right to buy property or apply for jobs in J&K.

 

Amended domicile certificate rules:

  • The J&K administration, in May 2020, notified the J&K grant of domicile certificate procedure rules 2020.
  • Under the amended rules, eligible non-locals can also apply for the certificate.
  • Also, domicile certificates were made a basic eligibility condition for appointment to any post under the Union Territory of J&K.
  • Any officer not able to issue the certificate would be penalised ₹50,000. The amount would be recovered from his salary.

 

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Prelims Link:

  1. Articles 370 and 35A.
  2. Who are domiciles as per the new definition?
  3. Overflow J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019.
  4. Power to issue domicile certificates.
  5. Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Adaption of state laws) order, 2020.

Mains Link:

Discuss the implications of amended Jammu and Kashmir Domicile rules.

Sources: the Hindu.