Jammu and Kashmir administration has started issuing domicile certificate from the last one week, till now about 6600 people have got their original residence certificate. A large number of them are retired soldiers and officers of the Gorkha community. After obtaining the domicile certificate of J&K, these people can buy property in J&K and will be able to apply for jobs in this union territory.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Jammu (Revenue) Vijay Kumar Sharma said that so far more than 5900 certificates have been issued. About 700 certificates have been issued in Kashmir. Most of them are Gorkha soldiers and officers.
Dr. Rohit Sharma, Tehsildar of Bahu Tehsil in Jammu, said, “So far in my Tehsil about 2500 people of Gorkha community who have served in the Indian Army and their family members have been issued this certificate.”
This decision of the government has ended a very long struggle of the Gorkha community. People of Gorkha community have been living here for about 150 years. They had almost given up on it. But now this wait seems to be over.
68-year-old ex-Army Havildar Prem Bahadur told Times of India, “My father Harak Singh worked in the army of the then ruler Maharaja Hari Singh. After this my brother Om prakash and I joined Gorkha Rifles. I retired as a Havildar and he (brother) as a lieutenant.”
He said that after retiring from the army, we used to apply for permanent housing certificate (PRC, which is necessary for jobs, admissions and ownership of property) in J&K every year. But it was of no use. But now my MBA pass son will be able to apply for a government job here. And now I will be able to die peacefully knowing that I have served India.