LS passes J&K Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, J&K Reservation (Amendment) Bill
STATE TIMES NEWS
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to nominate two members from the Kashmiri migrant community and one representing the displaced persons from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to the legislative assembly.
The House also passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to change the nomenclature of a section of people who are eligible for quota in appointment and admission.
The bills were passed after more than six hours of debate spanning over two days and a spirited reply by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The Home Minister said the two bills related to Jammu and Kashmir brought by the government will give justice to those deprived of their rights for the last 70 years and asserted that reservation to the displaced people will give them a voice in the legislature.
Shah pointed out that one of the two bills on Jammu and Kashmir seek to nominate two Kashmiri Migrant community members, including a woman, to the assembly. One seat in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly will be set aside for people displaced from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the home minister said. He said after the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir, there will be 43 assembly seats in Jammu region — up from present 37 — and in Kashmir Valley it will be 47 from 46. As many as 24 seats will be kept for the residents of PoK, he said. Talking about the abrogation of Article 370, Shah said it had nothing to do with going back on promise as it was a temporary article and had to go. “You did not have the courage, PM Narendra Modi showed courage and did away with it,” he said, referring to the opposition benches. More than 45,000 people have lost their lives due to terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir so far, he said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill seeks to change the nomenclature of “weak and underprivileged classes” to “Other Backward Classes”. The Union Territory, which has the provision for a legislative assembly, is currently under central rule.