July 2021 News

Amendment In Domicile Act Is Widening Of Law: Hasnain Masoodi

22 July 2021
Kashmir News Service

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Member of Parliament from Anantnag Justice (retd) Hassnain Masoodi on Thursday said that the recent ammendment in Domicile law is actually a widening of the law. Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), he said that in the Domicile law it was mentioned that a person who lived in Kashmir for fifteen years can claim for Domicile and in case of his death, his children can claim. 'Now the recent amendment has added spouce in it.' Earlier, on Wednesday the J&K administration has rolled out the process to issue domicile certificates to the spouses of women, who are married outside of Jammu and Kashmir. An order, issued in this regard reads: 'In exercise of the powers conferred by proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution of India read with Section of the J&K Civil Service (Decentralisation and recruitment) Act, 2010, the government hereby grants domicile certificates to spouse of a domicile.' Prior to August 5, 2019, when the Centre stripper J&K of its special constitutional position, husbands of local women married outside of J&K had no right to buy property or apply for jobs in J&K, while now with the amendment in J&K Domicile act, they will have all the rights now. The government has authorised tehsildars to issue such certificates against a valid proof of marriage and a domicile certificate of spouse, while deputy commissioner will be the appellate authority for the same. As per the 'J&K Grant of Domicile Certificate Procedure Rules 2020', domicile certificates will be issued to all Permanent Resident Certificate holders and their children living outside the Union Territory.