“J&K Domicile Rules Notification is the Dawn of a New Era”: Dr. Jitendra Singh

Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of Jammu & Kashmir describes J&K Domicile Rules Notification as the dawn of a new era. In addition, he said history will vindicate us; thus, prove that this course correction was in keeping with the principle of equality and the norms of a healthy democracy.

He said that a serious miscarriage of history stands undone after 70 years; by the issuance of the J&K Domicile Rules Notification. He added that it remained an anomaly awaiting correction. The Union Minister claimed that it was God’s will that it should get corrected only when Sh Narendra Modi takes over as the PM of India. Singh complimented the Home Minister for the clarity with which he carried out the entire exercise. He says, three generations of people in Jammu & Kashmir were denied the right to live with justice and dignity. He expressed satisfaction that he, alongwith some of his contemporaries, got an opportunity to be a part of the exercise. Singh went on to claim that West Pakistan Refugees and displaced persons from PoK have restored their legitimate rights.

Singh on Opposition

He says those who are opposing this move are only exposing themselves to the accusation. That for the last 70 years, they had been thriving on the politics of discrimination.  All India Services Officers, including IAS and IPS, who devoted 30 to 35 years of their life to serve in J&K were, after superannuation, asked to pack up, leave and look for a place elsewhere to settle. This remained in contrast to the arrangement in several States and UTs; where they not only settle but also stand provided plots of land.

Similarly, he said, the children of these officials suffered a gross injustice. They did their entire schooling in J&K but were debarred from applying for admission to higher education institutions. He added this stands as an opportunity for wider exposure and capacity building for our children.