AIKS expresses serious concerns about Domicile rights of Kashmiri Pandits

All India Kashmiri Samaj, a Kashmiri Pandit organization has expressed its deep discontent over the latest amendments in Domicile definition in The Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralization and Recruitment Act) 2020 issued on April 1, 2020.

According to AIKS Communique issued, its general Secretary M K Pajan said, “Consequent to the issue of Domicile definition of the UT of J&K by Government of India on April 1, 2020 (subsequently amended on April 3, 2020), there has been justifiable disquiet among the community on several counts.”

Offering a detailed description of the concerns, Mr Pajan said that the definition of Domicile leaves those Kashmiri Migrants outside the ambit of Domicile who got registered in various other parts of India other than the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr Pajan raising serious concerns about the Kashmiri Migrants who could not register attributing to reasons beyond their control with the Relief Department should be registered at places where they are residing, now.

Expressing a serious doubts over the cumbersome process of availing the Domicile certificate, AIKS General Secretary said, “This process, besides being cumbersome, will further leave the KPs at the mercy of Kashmiri bureaucracy which has never been well-disposed towards the community. It is felt that the registration papers of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits who are already registered with the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner inside or outside the UT of J&K, or those who may be allowed to register now, should be considered to serve this purpose.”

AIKS Communiqué further sought providing Domicile rights to all those Kashmiri Pandits who had to flee their land in past seven exoduses since 14th century.

AIKS as per statement has taken up all these issues with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, through two communications, dated 9 April and 3 May 2020.

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