New Delhi:After his election to the lower house last month, following his party’s landslide win in the Lok Sabha elections. Union Home Minister Amit Shah is slated to table the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha, marking the first legislative business undertaken by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president ..
Shah is also expected to give a speech in the house regarding the significance of the bill, after introducing it.
Earlier, the bill had been enforced as an ordinance after the Union Cabinet had approved ‘The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019’ on February 28, which was later cleared by President Ram Nath Kovind.
The bill allows for amendments to be made in the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004, in order to bring the people living in areas along the border under the ambit of reservation, equivalent to the reservation provided to the people residing in areas near the Actual Line of Control.
The purpose of the bill is to replace the ordinance in a bid to provide 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections in Jammu and Kashmir.
If the bill is passed in Parliament, the youth of Jammu and Kashmir who are from economically weaker sections of the society – irrespective of their caste or religion – would be given quota in state government jobs.
In January 2019, the 10 per cent reservation for members of economically weaker sections of the society was introduced in the rest of the states of the country through 103rd Constitutional Amendment.
Notably, in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, Amit Shah had asserted that the BJP government would scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which allows Jammu and Kashmir to have its own constitution, flag as well as the right to implement its own laws, except on issues that pertain to national security.
Apart from that, the BJP had also reiterated in its manifesto for the 2019 elections that it would also scrap Article 35 which allows the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define permanent residents of the state and permits the J-K government to exclude outsiders from owning propertly and availing the benefits from the government.