IoK News: A huge number of retired Gorkha soldiers have been issued Jammu and Kashmir domicile certificates by India. According to recent media reports, in the past week, over 6,600 applicants from the Gorkha community have received the document which allows them to buy property, acquire land and apply for jobs in disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The domicile certificate registered in the last week are in addition to those 5900 issued earlier.
Dr. Rohit Sharma, who serves as a tehsildar of Bahu in Jammu said in a media statement that there are nearly 2500 soldiers from the Gorkha community who have served in the Indian armed forces in my tehsil and around 3,500 from their family have also applied to get the domicile. Among these, many also belong to the Valmikin community also.
“On an average, 200 applications are received each day, and so far 33,000 applications have been received,” he further added.
On May 18, the Jammu and Kashmir administration notified the grant of domicile certificate procedure rules, 2020 to issue the certificate within 15 days else the officer will be penalised 50,000 Rs. According to the order, non-locals living in Jammu and Kashmir for 15 years, their children, and officers with central government and central institutions and anybody who has studied in J&K for seven years and had appeared in Class X and Class XII exams become eligible to get the certificates.
Who are the Gorkhas?
The name “Gurkha” comes from the hill town of Gorkha from which the Nepalese kingdom had expanded. The British MOD has described that Gorkha was a feudal hill village in what is now western Nepal, and is the place from which the Gurkha takes his name. The BBC News reported in 2010 that “Gurkhas have been part of the British Army for almost 200 years. They still carry into battle their traditional weapon – an 18-inch long curved knife known as the kukri. The potential of these warriors was first realised by the British at the height of their empire-building in the last century. After suffering heavy casualties in the invasion of Nepal, the British East India Company signed a hasty peace deal in 1815, which also allowed it to recruit from the ranks of the former enemy. Following the partition of India in 1947, an agreement between Nepal, India and Britain meant four Gurkha regiments from the Indian army were transferred to the British Army, eventually becoming the Gurkha Brigade. Since then, the Gurkhas have loyally fought for the British all over the world, receiving 13 Victoria Crosses between them. But their numbers have been sharply reduced from a World War II peak of 112,000 men, and now stand at about 3,500.”