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In sync with new domicile laws, Army proposes housing colony in Jammu

JAMMU: The Indian Army has proposed a housing colony for serving and retired Armed forces officials in Jammu city, while making the new domicile laws of Jammu and Kashmir a pre-requisite for their participation in the housing scheme.

The Armed Forces Welfare Housing Organization (AFWHO) has started the demand survey for Jammu City for group housing project to ascertain the demand from serving and retired Army personnel, besides the widows & parents of deceased Army personnel who are in receipt of family pension.

The survey which began on Saturday will continue till 30 April, and the desirous personnel or their kin can submit their applications with a Demand Draft of Rs 25,000.

However, the AFWHO has listed out the eligibilities for participation in the demand survey, which are an exact copy of the new domicile laws of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The applicant should be domiciles of the UT of Jammu & Kashmir,” said the detailed information sheet of the survey available on its website.

It, however, added that the personnel who have resided for a period of 15 years in UT of J&K, or who have studied in the UT of J&K for a period of seven years and appeared in Class 10th / 12th examination in any educational institutions located in UT of J&K, or Defence personnel who have served in the UT of J&K for 15 years and above are also eligible to apply.

Before 5th of August 2019, Article 35-A of the Constitution (now abrogated) empowered J&K Assembly to define a J&K resident, who alone were eligible to apply for jobs or own immovable property.

After the reorganisation of the erstwhile state into two union territories, the Jammu and Kashmir domicile laws were modified in early 2020, which defined every person who has resided for a period of 15 years in the UT of J&K or has studied for a period of seven years and appeared in class 10th or 12th examination in an educational institution located in the UT of J&K as the domicile of Jammu and Kashmir, along with children of those Central Government officials, All India Services Officers, officials of PSUs and autonomous body of Central Government, Public Sector Banks, officials of statutory bodies, officials of Central Universities and recognized research institutes of Central Government who have served in Jammu and Kashmir for a total period of ten years or children of parents who fulfill any of the conditions in sections.

The project will be planned based on the response received from the environment, added AFWHO.

What is AFWHO?

AFWHO is a trust, which is dedicatedly functioning with a sole objective of initiating, promoting and executing the welfare activities for the serving and retired Armed Forces Officials including the Para Military and Police Forces. The trust is registered under the section ACT 1882, and follows the guidelines of the act in letter and spirit. The trust is functioning on No Profit No Loss basis.

With the sole objective being welfare of the men in uniform, the functions and activities of the AFWHO, include negotiating and facilitating the provisions of dedicated residential projects comprising plots, apartments, independent floors, farms etc. as per the need of the men. The trust helps the men who are posted at far flung areas and are unable to meet their housing needs due to service exigencies, get their dream homes at a place of their choice and at affordable price well within their budget.

The AFWHO is not undertaking construction and development of any project or plotted scheme anywhere in the country, but it negotiates with the builders and developers for getting the best prices, much lower than the prevailing market prices, without compromising on the quality of the construction of the dwelling units.

AFWHO is being spearheaded by retired officers of Indian Defence Services, with active support from experienced professionals from various fields.

What is a Demand Survey?

Demand Surveys are conducted to assess and ascertain feasibility of any proposed housing project or scheme. AFWHO conducts a Demand survey from time to time to evaluate the viability of launching a new housing project or scheme by keeping the members’ interests in mind. This helps it to ensure that the members get good quality housing options at affordable prices.

In Demand Surveys, AFWHO addresses all important parameters related to a housing project such as its location and proximity to various essential facilities like markets, hospitals, schools and other public conveniences. Based on the survey report, AFWHO prepares an action plan on implementation of the scheme or project.

The Demand Survey for any housing project or scheme is notified on its website as well as communicated to its members by mail and other mediums.


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