Srinagar. The Jammu and Kashmir administration has now extended the deadline for issuance of domicile certificate to 15 May 2022. In fact, the ex-residents and their ancestors who have gone out of the state had to be registered with the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Migrants) so that they could get a certificate of being a resident of the state. However, only a few people came forward for this. In such a situation, its date has been extended. The Office of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner has also decided to organize special camps where at least 50 such families reside to accept applications. Recently a similar camp was organized in Delhi. An order from the Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, while announcing the extension, said, “No further extension will be given thereafter.”
Fewer people came to Delhi’s camp
At the time of the insurgency in the late 1980s, there was a large-scale exodus of the Kashmiri Pandit community, apart from the Sikhs, in Jammu and Kashmir. The administration hoped that they would take advantage of the domicile certificate, which would make it easier for them to get jobs and education opportunities along with owning land in the union territory.
However, few people came to Delhi’s camp. Officials said around 25,000 unregistered Kashmiri Pandit families are estimated to have settled in Delhi before 1989. Out of this, only 3,000 had come to collect the application form, out of which 806 were registered. Certificates were issued to these people on the spot. According to the English newspaper The Indian Express, Relief Commissioner (Migrants) Ashok Pandita said that the applications of the remaining 2,200 families are being brought to Jammu for further action.
According to official estimates, there are about 45,000 Kashmiri Pandit families registered with the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Overseas) who have left the Valley since the start of the militancy (and are therefore already permanent residents of the union territory). Similarly, 41,119 Hindu and Sikh families are believed to have migrated from Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir areas in 1947. Out of them, 31,619 people are registered with the Provincial Rehabilitation Officer. Of these, 26,319 families are already counted as permanent residents of J&K.
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