Jharkhand announces new domicile policy

Ranchi, April 7 (IANS) The Jharkhand government on Thursday announced the much awaited domicile policy that enables any person living in the state for the last 30 years to enjoy benefits as a permanent resident.

The state cabinet approved the Domicile Policy on Thursday.

According to the new domicile policy, any person living in Jharkhand for the past 30 years will be known as Jharkhandi.

Youth under the domicile policy will get preference in the third and fourth grade employment categories.

Under the policy, local languages will be included in the Jharkhand Public Service Commission.

The Domicile Policy was a long standing demand of the people of the state.

In 2001, when the BJP government of Babulal Marandi came out with the domicile cut-off date as 1932, large-scale pro- and anti-domicile protests were witnessed. The Jharkhand High Court had struck down the then domicile policy.

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