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After the central government has decided to go for issuance of domicile certificates in UT of jammu and Kashmir, the people living here have expressed their doubts about the real intentions of the authorities.

Many of the political parties have said that the aim of the central government is to change the demography in Jammu and Kashmir. Administration recently in a press conference in order to clear the doubts said that 99% of the certificates issued so far have been given to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

Giving the break up of such certificates, administration recently told media that this included 11,398 West Pakistan Refugees, 415 Valmiki community members, 10 Gorkha community members and 12,340 registered migrants, trying to play down the allegations that the certificates were being issued to the outsiders at an electric speed.

Despite a lot of protests by the political parties and common people that the new domicile law was aimed at changing the demography of Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Ministry on March 31, introduced new domicile laws that expanded who can live permanently in Jammu and Kashmir. The new rules replace “permanent residents” of the former state with “domiciles” of the new Union Territory.

Dr. Farooq Abdullah in an interview with Hindustan Times claimed that BJP government was trying to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir and convert it from Muslim majority state to Hindu majority state. Similar press statements have been issued by other political parties including PDP and JK Congress.

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