Ranchi, April 7: The BJP-led Jharkhand government announced the much awaited Domicile Policy of the state on Thursday. As per the provisions in the new Domicile Policy, people living in Jharkhand since or before 1985 will be considered local inhabitants and avail all the facilities offered in the policy.
Releasing the new Domicile Policy following a Cabinet meeting at the Project Building today, Chief Minister Raghubar Das said his government has prepared the policy keeping in view the positive salient features of similar policies announced by other state governments and following discussions with various political groups, intellectuals and social organizations. The views of the Ranchi High Court have also been kept in mind while drafting the new Domicile Policy.
In a landmark decision, the Jharkhand Cabinet today announced that the government has identified specific government jobs in the districts only for people from the particular district. As a result, only local inhabitants will be eligible for appointment to these posts, which include teachers, jan sevaks, panchayat secretary, forest guards, police, ANM and other positions. This decision is expected to solve the locals’ employment issue to some extent.
Inclusion of local languages in JPSC and JSSC exams
The Jharkhand government has today announced that candidates appearing for the Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) and Jharkhand State Selection Committee (JSSC) examinations will henceforth be able to answer their papers in the local languages.
This will help the local youths to answer their papers in their mother tongues, including Munda, Santhali, Ho, Kudukh (Oraon), Khadiia, Kurmali, Panchpargania, Khortha, Nagpuri and other dialects.
The government has constituted a committee headed by Jharkhand food and supplies minister Saryu Rai and the local languages have been included on the recommendations of this panel. In addition, the government has also included Jharkhand state general knowledge in the curriculum of the students.
Salient features of Jharkhand’s new Domicile Policy
All people residing in the geographical area of Jharkhand and whose name or parents’ names feature in the last survey khatiyan as well as moolvasis, who are landless, will be considered as local residents of the state following the gram sabha recognizing their mother tongue, culture and tradition as local language, tradition and culture.
All inhabitants of Jharkhand, who are residing in the state for 30 or more years in connection with business, employment or other issues and have acquired immovable property and / or have spouse and children, will be considered as local residents of the state.
People employed in organizations, corporations etc that are recognized or run by the Jharkhand government, their employees, spouse and children will also be considered as domiciles of the state.
All Government of India employees who are deputed in Jharkhand and/ or their wife or children are in the state will be considered domiciles of the state.
People holding any Constitutional or legislative post in Jharkhand and their spouse and children will also be considered as domiciles of the state.
People born in Jharkhand and/ or have passed their matriculation or higher examinations from the state will also be considered as domiciles of Jharkhand.
Grade III and Grade IV posts in ST-dominated areas reserved
As per the provisions in the Sub-Article 5/ 1 of the Fifth Schedule of the Indian Constitution and the Article 309 of the Constitution, Jharkhand government has taken a significant decision to reserve all Grade III and Grade IV state government jobs for people belonging to the Scheduled Tribe (ST) community in areas where they are a dominant population. The reservation will be effective for 10 years.