Jammu stops issuing domicile certificates

After Kashmir turmoil, now Jammu youth are all set to face difficulty in qualifying for the Central services and seek benefits such as relaxation in upper age limit as the district administrations in Jammu division have stopped issuing domicile certificates, required for eligibility.

Jammu: After Kashmir turmoil, now Jammu youth are all set to face difficulty in qualifying for the Central services and seek benefits such as relaxation in upper age limit as the district administrations in Jammu division have stopped issuing domicile certificates, required for eligibility.

According to authoritative sources, all the District Magistrates, who are the designated authority for issuance of domicile certificates in their respective districts, have been asked by the divisional administration not to issue these certificates henceforth.

Non-issuance of domicile certificate will deprive educated youths from Jammu, particularly West Pakistani refugees, here from seeking relaxation in upper age limit for jobs in the Central services.

The recruitment for these jobs is done through the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and other Central recruiting agencies, sources said.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions vide notification No: 15012 / 7 /91- Est. (D) dated 28th June, 1995, has relaxed upper age limit of J&K candidates for recruitment to Central Civil Services posts.

The rule says that wherever any recruitment to the Central services and posts is made, a relaxation in the upper age limit of five years shall be admissible to all persons who had ordinarily been domicile of the State of J&K from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 1989.

For availing of this concession in the age relaxation limit, however, the candidates have to submit domicile certificate issued by the DMs in whose jurisdiction they have ordinarily resided.

The district authorities in Jammu division have now refused to issue domicile certificates and returned applications for the same after the Divisional Commissioner here issued a circular to this effect.

Sources said that reasons behind the order for non-issuance of the domicile certificate are stated to be its alleged misuse and no legal backing since J&K has the provision of Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) Act only.

Further, sources added, the divisional authorities feel that there is no need to issue domicile certificates as the original residents of J&K possess PRC or state subject certificates to prove their bona fide.

“The Central government officials often refuse to consider PRCs as these exist in J&K alone. Given this, they press for domicile certificates,” a senior officer admitted, informing that the divisional administration has been apprised about the problem and urged to review its earlier direction.


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