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Over 32 lakh given Kashmir citizenship, open even for Indians, since August 2019

The rightwing Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi government has given Kashmir citizenship to over 32 lakh people since the disputed region’s limited-autonomy was revoked unilaterally on August 5, 2019.

India’s Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday informed the lower house of Parliament, Lok Sabha, that a total of 32,31,353 applicants have been issued domicile certificates in Jammu and Kashmir while 2,15,438 applications have been rejected till December 30 last year.

With the revocation of Article 370, India opened up the citizenship rights for non-Kashmiris- a move that has raised fears of New Delhi pushing the colonization project to change the demography of the Muslim majority region.

The Ministry of Home Affairs was replying to a query raised in the Lower House about the process of issuing the domicile to those who have applied including the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

Minister of State for Home Affairs GK Reddy in a written reply said that a total of 35,44,938 applications for the issue of domicile certificates have been received as of 31st December 2020, out of which 32,31,353 applicants have been issued domicile certificates.

“As per information provided by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir, a total of 35,44,938 applications for the issue of domicile certificates have been received as of 31st December 2020, out of which 32,31,353 applicants have been issued domicile certificates,” Reddy said.

“As of 31st December 2020, a total of 31,08,682 domicile certificates have been issued to the dependents/holders of erstwhile Permanent Resident Certificates in Jammu and Kashmir,” Reddy said.

Reddy said that a total of 2,15,438 applications has been rejected as of 31st December 2020.

“Rule 5 of the Jammu and Kashmir Grant of domicile certificate (Procedure) Rules, 2020 mandates certain documents to be annexed with the application”, the MoS said. “The applications which lack the prescribed documents are rejected.”

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