Today, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is going to table the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha today. After his election to the lower house and cabinet appointment, this is the first legislative business of the BJP president. Amit Shah will be speaking in the house about the importance of the bill, after introducing the bill which had earlier been enforced as an ordinance.
The union cabinet on February 28 had approved ‘The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019’ and it was cleared by President Ram Nath Kovind.
It aims to revise the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 bringing people in the living areas along the border within the ambit of reservation at par with people living areas near the Actual Line of Control.
The bill aims to replace the ordinance providing 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections in Jammu and Kashmir. This will help in reserving state government jobs to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir who are from economically weaker sections belonging to any religion or caste.
In January 2019, the 103rd Constitution Amendment introduced the 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections in the rest of the country. It is likely to say that Amit Shah’s legislative agenda is being closely followed and his decision is going to start out with a bill related to Jammu and Kashmir is notable.
The Modi government, during the Lok Sabha campaigning, promised that it will scrap Article 370 of the constitution that allows Jammu and Kashmir its own constitution, flag and the right to handle its own laws except on matters that impact national security.
The BJP also promised to eliminate Article 35A which defines permanent residents of the state and excludes outsiders from owning property as well as having the benefits including government jobs.