September 3, 2020

Govt must come up with ‘white paper’ of those issued Domicile certificates: Prof Soz

Srinagar: Senior Congress leader Prof Saif-ud-din Soz on Wednesday urged upon UT Government to issue a ‘white paper’ indicating particulars of those who are not state subjects, yet they got the Domicile of J&K.
According to statement issued here on Wednesday, Prof Soz said that the J&K UT has explained its position that of the 12.5 lakh Domicile Certificates issued by it, 99% of the beneficiaries happened to be the Permanent Residents of the State. However, he said that the people would like to know as to who constituted the crucial remaining 1% of the beneficiaries?
“The people of the State are entitled to know the particulars of the persons who were not Permanent Residents, yet they got the Domicile certificates”, he said.
He said the JK UT Administration has explained further that these certificates have been issued for jobs only. It means that UT Administration has no objection for giving the Domicile Certificates to non-state subjects also!
“Since the UT Administration has issued the Domicile Certificates to such a big number in hot haste, the process must have involved recklessness of sorts”, senior Congress leader said.
He added the perception of the people is that the UT Administration is a stopgap arrangement and that the Centre should not have amended the Domicile Law in the absence of public support.
He urged upon JK UT Administration to issue a ‘white paper’ indicating particulars of those who are not state subjects, yet they got the certificates! That procedure alone can allay the fears of the people of the State.

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