Time frame to issue Domicile Certificate reduced to just five days

J&K Domicile Law

SRINAGAR — In order to expedite the process of issuing the Domicile Certificate to permanent residents of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State, the government has reduced the time frame for the process from 15 to five days.

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar on Tuesday, Commissioner Secretary Power Pawan Kotwal and Government Spokesperson, Rohit Kansal said that the process has been made easy for the erstwhile residents of Jammu and Kashmir, who hold a Permanent Resident Certificate.

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He said that the process has been made simple, time-bound and no other document other than PRC will be required to avail a Domicile Certificate.

He said, “Everyone, who has obtained a PRC till 31st October is eligible to benefit under the amended process.”

“No document other than PRC is required to apply for the Domicile Certificate and it will be issued to the applicants within a period of five days,” he added.

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“After evaluating the process and the difficulties involved in it for the bonafide residents of Jammu and Kashmir, the time frame for the issuance of the DC has been now reduced to five days,” he said.

“Earlier it was fifteen days, but looking at the importance of its requirement for applying to Class-IV posts, Government has decided to make it time-bound, where no other document or inquiry is required to obtain a DC other than the PRC,” Kansal said.

He said registered as well as unregistered Kashmiri migrants will also be eligible for the process.

So far we have issued 12 and a half lac DCs, out of which more than 99 percent were issued to permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir, he said.

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Divulging the breakup of DCs issued so far, Kansal said out of these more than 12 lac, 11,398 were issued to West Pakistan refugees, 415 to Valmikies, 10 Gurkhas, and 12,340 to registered Kashmiri migrants.

The expedited process has been decentralized under SRO 263, where documentation and time frame has been reduced to make the process easy for the certificate seekers.

Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Pawan Kotwal, who was present at the press conference, besides Director Information Dr. Sehrish Asghar said that the Domicile Certificate does not make one eligible to buy property in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

“For purchasing land in Jammu and Kashmir, separate rules will be framed; however Domicile Certificate is compulsory for seeking government employment only,” he said.

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