New Delhi: The Centre last evening took a u-turn on its new domicile law for Jammu and Kashmir, amending it to reserve all jobs in the union territory only for domiciles who have lived here for 15 years. The original version of the law, which was notified on Tuesday evening, had reserved only subordinate posts for the local residents. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Central Govt Changes Domicile Laws of Jammu and Kashmir

As per the original version, applications for higher-level jobs were open to all, including those from outside the Valley.

There has, however, not been any change to the rule that makes the people who are from outside Jammu and Kashmir, but have been staying here for 15 years, its domicile residents. There has also not been any change to the rule that extended the domicile rights to central government employees serving in the union territory for 10 years, and their children.

Friday’s development took place after the new domicile law triggered furore in the region, with former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who was recently released after nearly eights months in detention, where he was put in the wake of the abrogation of Article 370 last August, calling the law ‘an insult heaped on injury.’

“Talk about suspect timing. At a time when all our efforts and attention should be focused on the COVID-19 outbreak, the government slips in a new domicile law for J&K. Insult is heaped on injury when we see the law offers none of the protections that had been promised,” he had tweeted.

The Centre had, on August 5 last year, abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution, thus revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, which was further split into two separate union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.