Jammu and Kashmir Current Affairs - 2020

Rules to issue Domicile Certificate in Jammu and Kashmir issued

On May 18, 2020, the Jammu and Kashmir Administration issued rules to provide domicile certificates. The “J&K Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure) rules 2020” has been provided through an amendment of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralisation and Recruitment) Act, 2010.

Highlights

The rules have included extraordinary penalty of Rs 50,000 to the competitive authority in case the issuing of domicile certificate is delayed. The penalty will be imposed by the appellate authority and will be recovered from the salary of the competent authority. The domicile should be provided within 7 days of the application.

Background

On March 31, 2020, the Government of India issued Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Adaptation of State Laws) order, 2020. According to the order, the domicile of a person is defined as

“A person who has resided in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for a period of 15 years or has studied in the UT for a period of 15 years and appeared in Class 10 or 12 examination in an educational institution of J&K”

is considered to be a domicile of J&K.

Impacts

Due to the order, the West Pakistan Refugees and children of the women married outside J&K and Safai Karamcharis are now eligible to obtain domicile status.

Jal Jeevan Mission: J&K, Haryana to provide Tap Connections to all by 2022

The Jal Jeevan Mission aims to provide drinking water to every household. It aims to provide tap connections to every rural household. With the COVID-19 crisis at its peak, the central government is to implement the mission based on priority basis.

Highlights

The Central Government has advised the state governments to take up the mission to achieve twin objectives. This includes providing tap water connections to every rural household and also to create job opportunities to local people and migrants.

Based on these orders, the Jammu and Kashmir administration and Haryana Government have framed a plan to implement the mission by 2022

Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir will receive RA 680 crores for the Jal Jeevan Mission. So far, 5.75 lakhs have been covered out of 18.17 lakh households. The Territory plans to cover 1.76 lakh households by 2020-21.

Also, J&K will use the help of 98 water testing laboratories to achieve the mission.

Haryana

The Haryana Government has provided 1.05 lakh tap connections in the year 2019-20 under the mission. There are 28.94 households in Haryana. Out of these, 18.83 lakhs already have tap water connections and 10.11 lakh households are to be covered.

In order to achieve this, the Haryana Government will take help from 44 NABL accredited laboratories in the state.

What is the plan?

The states will frame Village Action Plans. Also, separate Village Water and Sanitation Committees will be constituted to execute the plans at village level. The Gram Panchayats will play a major role in implementing the plans.

The mission aims to ease the life of women in the country!