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The J&K administration has added a clause to the Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure) Rules, 2020, allowing the spouse of a native woman married outside the Union Territory to apply for a domicile certificate.
As per the new clause, the concerned tehsildar has been authorized to issue domicile certificate to the spouse of a woman upon showing the domicile certificate of his wife as well as a valid proof of marriage. The Deputy Commissioner is the appellate authority in case of any grievance.

The order has also modified the application of domicile condition to all levels of jobs in the Jammu and Kashmir government, as the newly added clause has been brought under the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralisation and Recruitment) Act as well.

A notification issued by General Administration Department on orders of Lt Governor Shri Manoj Sinha on July 21, 2021 read that “in exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution of India, read with section 15 of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralization and Recruitment) Act 2010, the government hereby directs that”, the new clause shall be added “in the table appended to sub rule (1) of rule 5 of the Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile (Procedure) Rules, 2020, after S.No./Clause 6”.


BJP Mahila Morcha wholeheartedly thanked Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for the historic decision that will benefit scores of women of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory with Domicile Rights that were denied to them for decades.

In a Press statement, BJP Mahila Morcha National President Smt. Vanathi Srinivasan said on behalf of the BJP National Mahila Morcha, we wholeheartedly express our gratitude and thanks to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for this far-reaching decision.

She said a pre-Independence, monarchy-era policy that granted Permanent Resident status to only those who were State subjects as on May 14th 1954, that was protected by the now revoked Article 35A of the Constitution of India, has been done away with by the Modi government.

Earlier, only Permanent Residents were eligible for employment in the erstwhile State government, for reservations in the public sector, for admission to State-run professional institutions, and to own property in the State.