Jammu Admin withdraws order authorising tehsildars to issue residence certificates to non-locals

Voters stand in a line to cast their votes in Kashmir. [FPK File Photo]

Srinagar: The Deputy Commissioner of Jammu has withdrawn the notification which authorized all tehsildars to issue certificates of residence to people residing in Jammu “for more than one year”.

This comes a day after a backlash from Jammu and Kashmir political parties as Jammu administration issued an order authorising all tehsildars (revenue officials) to issue a certificate of residence to people residing in the district for more than one year.

Political parties including PDP, National Conference, and Congress, Peoples Conference, CPI (M) opposed the order and criticized the BJP-led government of India.

People`s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti said that the value of the vote of a Jammu and Kashmir voter will be finished. She further said that this law is not applied anywhere in the country except in Jammu and Kashmir and the “BJP wants to eradicate the original citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and settle the outsiders.”

Notably, in August, Election Commission announced the schedule of the Special Summary Revision in Jammu and Kashmir and announced that the people who were not voters in the Assembly after the abrogation of Article 370 from the region can now be named on the voters’ list.


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