Prominent Kashmiri Pandit organizations, All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS), Kashmiri Samiti Delhi (KSD, Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch (JKVM), Roots in Kashmir (RIK), All Party Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC), Kashmiri Pandit Conference (KPC), Rainawari KP Action Committee on behalf of the entire Kashmiri Hindu community have expressed their gratitude to the Honorable Prime Minister Sh. Narender Modi, Union Home Minister, Sh. Amit Shah and Lt. Governor of J&K, Sh G.C. Murmu for issuing the necessary amendments to the Domicile Rules (J&K Reorganization (Adaption of State laws) order 2020)
This comes in light of the order issued by Department of Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Government of J&K on 16th May 2020 in furtherance to amendments in The Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralization and Recruitment ) Act for Domicile for purposes of appointment in Union territory of J&K; and The J&K Reorganization (Adaption of State laws) order 2020 by Union Government on March 31, 2020.
J&K Reorganization (Adaption of State laws) order 2020 by Union Government which was hitherto limited to those Kashmiri Migrants registered with the Relief Commissioner (M) UT of J&K has extended the grant of Domicile rights to all the bonafide migrants and bonafide displaced fulfilling certain norms. The opportunity for registration for the purpose of seeking domicile certificate shall be open for a period of one year from the sate of issuance of order.
Surender Ambardar, Ex MLC (BJP) who had submitted a memorandum to Lt Governor few days back termed the order as truly historic and thanked the Prime Minister Narender Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Lt.Governor G.C.Murmu for according a sense of dignity and honor to displaced community. Noteworthy, the memorandum which Surender Ambardar had submitted included the demand for fresh registrations and inclusion of all those who are registered as migrants with the relief agencies anywhere in the country stands duly acknowledged in this order.
Col Tej K Tikoo (Retd) President AIKS welcomed the move and said that this order rectifies nearly all the anomalies of the earlier orders and addresses the grievances of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits to a large extent. He said, “We had submitted a letter seeking clarification and change in The J&K Reorganization (Adaption of State laws) order 2020 which arbitrarily defined Kashmiri Migrants.”
Sumeer Chrungo, President, KSD while welcoming the inclusion of all the Kashmiri Hindus as Domiciles of J&K who left valley since 1944 said, “This is attributed to untiring efforts of all Kashmiri Hindu organizations, Forums, NGOs of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory and across the nation/ Globe.” Adding, “ Their commitment and full support in achieving this historical and remarkable decision by this Government under the leadership of PM Modi and others who have silently worked for giving honor and dignity to displaced community living in exile.”
Anoop Bhat, Coordinator RIK welcomed the order, said, “This makes even those Kashmiri Pandits who due to various circumstances and compulsions left the valley earlier eligible for domicile, thereby taking a major step towards cementing the roots of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir.”
Vinod Pandit, President, APMCC while welcoming the historic move said, “We are confident that this is the beginning of a new era where the interests of displaced community will be taken into account on priority.” Terming this move as epochal, he said, “The displaced community has suffered the apathy of state indifference but the current government is seemingly on a project to undo the historical aberrations and the current move is a step in that direction.”
Dilip Mattoo, President JKVM, appreciated the GOI for the steps taken to redress the grievances of the Kashmiri Pandit community. He believes that this is one big step towards the reversal of Genocide of the Kashmiri Pandit community.
Kundan Kashmiri, President, KPC thanked Modi Government at the centre and J&K UT authorities for amending the domicile law in J&K making all KP migrants and others eligible for domicile status in Jammu and Kashmir.
B L Jalali, President, Rainawari KP Action Committee welcomed the move which has potential of offering a sense of justice to exiled and displaced Hindus of Kashmir. In an appeal he said, “At this juncture it becomes our responsibility to use this historic opportunity to our advantage and registering for the domicile certificates must be done by all eligible.”