Srinagar, July 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have granted over four lakh domicile certificates in a little over a month in the territory.

It is widely believed that majority of these four lakh domicile certificates might have been issued to non-local Hindus. Pertinently, the process of issuing domicile certificates in occupied Kashmir started on June 27.
“So far, over four lakhs domicile certificates have been granted to the applicants. Though a period of 15 days has been fixed for issuing a certificate to an applicant, yet we have asked all revenue officers, including Tehsildars, to complete the process within two days,” Pawan Kotwal, Principal Secretary, Revenue Department J&K was quoted by Chandigarh-based The Tribune as having said.

After the abrogation of Kashmir-specific Article 370 on August 5 last year by the Indian government, the J&K’s permanent resident certificates (PRCs) law was abolished and replaced by the new Domicile Law which was notified by New Delhi on May 18 this year. The new domicile policy, which is aimed at changing the demography of Jammu and Kashmir, provides citizenship rights to all the outsiders.

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