KPC for protection to Pandits under new domicile law

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 26: Kashmiri Pandit Conference (KPC) while expressing its concern over the recently framed domicile law by Union Government which does not protect the domicile rights of a large number of Kashmiri Pandits of the UT who had left the Valley prior to mass migration in 1990 but are bonafide citizens of the J&K.
President KPC, Kundan Kashmiri, stated although his organization is not in favor of implementing any domicile law in JK however as per the latest domicile law there is a large number of KPs who have migrated from the Valley for the seven decades mainly due to persecution and have now became ineligible to become the domiciles under the new law.
He said that there is no clarity about the status of those KPs and their children who possess a valid State Subject certificate from the designated authorities issued prior to the removal of Article 370. Besides, there are various KP families who did not get themselves registered as migrants with the Relief Commissioner in the year 1990 as were in search of livelihood outside and have stayed out side for more than 15 years. Under new law they and their children stand deprived of their rights to return to the Valley and to claim for domicile, he added.
Kashmiri also stated that it would be the travesty of law of natural justice including the human rights and a denial of indigenous people’s rights to the State subjects. The new law can’t be arbitrary in this regard at any cost, he added and sought intervention of both Prime Minister and Union Home Minister in this regard.

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