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Residency norms for J&Okay, Ladakh being fastened: MHA

Srinagar, Mar 3:
Government of India is “discussing” with J&K and Ladakh administrations to
fix residential norms for the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions,
Ministry of Home Affairs said on Tuesday.       

Replying to a
question whether the Centre has any proposal to fix residential norms for the
people of J&K, minister of state in MHA G. Kishan Reddy said the same was
being discussed with the government of J&K, and the administration of
Ladakh

“In order to fix
residential norms for the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions,
synergized adaptation of various relevant laws of the erstwhile State of Jammu
and Kashmir; under section 96 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act,
2019; are being discussed with the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and the
Administration of the Union Territory of Ladakh,” Reddy replied.

He was responding
to clubbed questions by two parliamentarians – P. Velusamy and K. Shanmuga
Sundaram.

The MPs had also
sought to know whether companies and public sector undertakings will be allowed
to purchase land irrespective of residential norms to be prescribed for the
local population and whether the Government will allow exemption to certain
categories of people and corporate houses. 

There are reports
that MHA was examining the option of introducing mandatory requirement of
15-year residency in government jobs, ownership of land, seats in professional
and college education in J&K.

However, as per
the reports, this condition may not be applicable for industrial houses to buy
land for setting up business ventures and construct quarters for their
employees.

There is a
possibility of providing relaxation to central government employees, who are
from other parts of the country but have been living in the two UTs in last
five years or more.

Also, central
officials and their children, and students who are from other states but may
have cleared their Class X or Class XII board exams in Jammu and Kashmir or
Ladakh may be given residency.

Reports indicated
that officers from all-India services and their children are considered
domicile of their respective cadre states usually but a decision has to be
taken on whether to extend the benefits to the AGMUT cadre officers who will be
now part of the two UTs.

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