Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Bill tabled in Lok Sabha, here's what govt promises

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 24 June 2019, 07:35 PM
Home Minister Amit Shah
Home Minister Amit Shah

The government on Monday introduced the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. The bill, tabled by Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy on behalf of Home Minister Amit Shah who was present in the House, promises benefits of reservation in direct recruitment, promotion and admission in professional courses for the people living along the International Border (IB) on par with those living along the Actual Line of Control (ALoC),

The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill will replace an ordinance issued by the previous government.

Some members from the Opposition wanted to oppose introduction of the bill but Speaker Om Birla rejected their demand, saying they had not followed the procedure for doing so.

The bill seeks to provide relief to people living in areas adjoining the IB in Jammu and Kashmir. They can now avail benefits of reservation in direct recruitment, promotion and admission in different professional courses.

The bill once passed by Parliament will amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 to bring people residing in areas adjoining the IB within the ambit of reservation, on par with those living in areas adjoining the ALoC.

People living in areas adjoining the IB in Jammu and Kashmir were not included in the ambit of the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 and Rules, 2005.

The rules provided for reservation in direct recruitment, promotions and admission in different professional courses to various categories, including residents of areas adjoining ALoC. Thus, those living in areas adjoining the IB in Jammu and Kashmir were not getting these benefits for a long time.

Due to continuous cross-border tensions, persons living along the IB suffer from socio-economic and educational backwardness.

Shelling from across the border often compels residents to move to safer places, which adversely impacts their education as schools and colleges remain closed for long periods.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Monday, June 24, 2019 07:35 PM
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