Jammu youth sans Dogra Certificate, crave Governor’s attention

Special Correspondent
Jammu, Jul 28: Jammu is fighting for its rights since decades at the hands of Kashmir centric leadership to get their demands fulfilled including issuance of Dogra certificate by the state government to the youth of this neglected region, which helps them in getting relaxation to get recruited in para-military and armed forces.
Unfortunately, once considered to be an official and authorised document issued to the youth of Jammu by the tehsildar of respective area, does not exist anymore and has been rejected under a planned “conspiracy”.
As per sources, Dogra certificate is a document issued to the people of Jammu region to avail the benefit for recruitment in para-military forces.
“All such residents, who are eligible for grant of Permanent Resident Certificate in terms of J&K Grant of Permanent Resident Certificate (Procedure) Act and the rules made thereon, can get the Dogra Certificate,” sources here said.
They said that the certificate at present is a distant dream for the youth of Jammu, who are keen to join armed forces and para-military forces, especially those who are from rural and bordering belts.
Pertinent to mention here that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh last month had stated that nine new battalions will be raised in Jammu and Kashmir, which will comprise two ‘Border Battalions’ dedicated to border areas; five India Reserve Battalions (IRB) with 60 percent workforce from border areas, and two women battalions for deployment in “Jammu and Kashmir divisions”- presumably one each to the north and south of the Pir Panjal Range.
“If the Centre has agreed to give special reservation to the youth of border areas in recruitment then why cannot the state government cannot revive the issuance of Dogra certificate for the youth,” they added.
“Presently the state affairs are being run by the Governor N N Vohra and he is known for his administrative skills and professionalism besides issuing directions in the interest of people from all the three regions of the state,” Inderpal Malhotra-a local said.
He said that the Governor should look into the matter personally and if possible, give instructions to his officers to work on the modalities of the document so that it can be issued at the earliest.
“Dogra certificate is a pride document and it should be issued without any hiccups to the youth of Jammu region representing Dogra community irrespective of caste, colour and creed,” Harsh Dev Singh, former minister and Chairman J&K National Panthers Party said.
He added that earlier it was used to be issued but again suspended, adding, “for the last so many years, the document has not been issued to the youth which can be in their benefit.”
Meanwhile former minister and senior Congress leader Sham Lal Sharma also advocated for the issuance of ‘Dogra certificate’ and said, “it should be issued to the eligible youth of Jammu as it not only benefits them in recruitment but also makes them proud of being Dogra.”
He however, demanded issuance of the certificate to the youth of Jammu region in the Governor headed dispensation of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The concerned Tehsildar was competent to issue such certificate to the eligible desirous persons irrespective of his or her ethnicity, religion, cultural background and mother tongue,” said an official and added that for the purpose of issuing the Dogra certificate, all residents of Jammu division irrespective of ethnicity, cultural background and mother tongue should be classified as Dogras, provided their forefathers were residents of Jammu Division prior to 1944.
“The cut-off date of 1944 shall not apply to displaced persons of PoK who will also be eligible for Dogra certificate,” he said and added that after the summary enquiry, the Tehsildar used to issue the Dogra Certificate to the applicant within a period of seven days from the date of receipt of application.
The dogra certificate allows relaxation in recruitment in defence services and other befits for the youths.
Union Minister of State in the PMO Dr Jitendra Singh last year had also urged to the J&K government to bring out a legislation to revive the Dogra certificate and issue the same to youths who are willing to join defense services from the region.