Agence India Press
Srinagar: Following huge criticism and apprehensions’ of protests in Kashmir valley against the controversial Dogra certificate issue, Jammu and Kashmir government today said that it would debate the issue in the cabinet to dispel apprehensions of attempts to change the demography of the state.
“The issue will be discussed in the cabinet. The government might also consider adding a column to confirm the ethnicity of the state’s residents,” minister Taj Mohiuddin told a press conference here.
Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani had already called for a general strike on April 11 against the controversial issue. The minister was accompanied by Revenue Minister Raman Bhalla and his minister of state Nasir Aslam Wani.
The minister said that the Dogra certificates were only being issued for availing the relaxation in recruitment of paramilitary forces. To a question by Agence India Press, the minister said, “Dogra certificates enable youth to avail concession in recruitment rules for paramilitary forces where Dogras, Marathas, and Kashmiris get relaxation in height and chest width. These certificates can be issued to anyone who falls under these categories,” he said addling that the government was not issuing certificate to people in Himachal Pradesh but residents of Jammu region.
The minister said that the certificate in turn helped the government to curb the unemployment problem in the state. He also assured that the Dogra certificate would never form the basis for issuing permanent resident certificates.He said the state government was aware of the sensitivities of the people but would not allow anybody to use this issue for their own interests.
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