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Justice and Equality for the People of J&K: From Granting Domicile to Recognizing their Languages

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In our previous article, we had dealt with how from deepening democracy at grassroots, expanding social welfare benefits for all and rooting out terrorism, the pace of development has accelerated significantly in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir one year post the historic 5th August decision.

Now ordinary residents of Jammu and Kashmir, who were previously denied their due under the Pre-August 5 system, are being given their due now with union government taking number of changes to bring forth this change.

12.5 Lakh Domicile Certificate Issued

In the last 2 months, Jammu and Kashmir administration has issued domicile certificates to more than  12.5 lakh applicants until 31st of August. 99% of the domicile certificates were issued to holders of permanent resident certificate (PRC) of the erstwhile state of J&K including to Kashmiri Pandits subject to certain conditions.

These conditions are either resided for a period of fifteen years in the UT of J&K or has studied for a period of seven years and appeared in class 10th/12th examination in an educational institution located in the UT of J&K.

Government has also included in the ambit West Pakistan Refugees, Safai Karmacharis and children of women married outside Jammu and Kashmir. These vulnerable sections of population have immensely benefitted with this move with 11,398 domicile certificates have been issued to West Pakistan refugees, 12,340 to registered migrants, 415 to Valmikis and 10 to Gorkhas in just 2 months.

A portal for e-application and issuance of domicile certificate has also been launched in June of this year, significantly easing the process. Now, the average time of issuance of domicile certificate has reduced from 15 days to 5 days.

Article 370 and 35 A denied these rights to legitimate citizens of India living in Jammu and Kashmir. These citizens have now started receiving their due to the momentous 5th August decision of Modi government.

Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi Also Recognized as official languages

Respecting the long-standing demand of the public to give equal recognition to their languages, Kashmiri, Hindi and Dogri have now been recognized as official languages of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Many people took to Twitter to hail these changes for recognizing the equally important role these languages play in the culture and history of the Jammu and Kashmir region.

Thanking PM Modi for taking this momentous decision, Union Minister and Member of Parliament from Udhampur Dr Jitendra Singh described the inclusion of Dogri, Hindi & Kashmiri as official languages in Jammu & Kashmir as the fulfilment of a long-pending public demand which ensures the spirit of equality promised after Aug 5, 2019.

Decades of misrule and injustice perpetrated by the elites of Gupkar road are now being rectified in the new Jammu and Kashmir being built by Modi Government.