What is Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019?

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 01 July 2019, 08:57 PM
Union Home Minister Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 after Union Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the bill in the Upper House of Parliament earlier in the day. The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019, will replace an ordinance issued by the previous government.

What is Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019?

  • People living along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir will get benefits of reservation in direct recruitment, promotion and admission in professional courses on par with those living along the Actual Line of Control (ALoC), according to the bill.
  • The bill seeks to provide relief to people living in areas adjoining the International Border 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 persons 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, July 01, 2019 08:56 PM
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