Srinagar, Jul 26 : The Government of India on Wednesday introduced four bills on quota and electoral reservation in Jammu & Kashmir in Parliament.
Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai introduced a bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004.
The bill seeks to rechristen “Other Social Castes” as “Other Backward Classes” in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 was enacted by the legislature of the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir. The bill was brought in the Parliament as the legislature of Jammu & Kashmir is currently not in existence. The powers of J&K legislative assembly are presently vested with the Parliament.
After tabling of the bill, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai introduced another bill to amend “The Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Act”.
The bill seeks reservation of three seats- two for Kashmiri migrants and one for displaced persons from Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir- in the legislative assembly of Jammu & Kashmir.
National Conference MP Justice (retd.) Hasnain Masoodi opposed introduction of the bill, citing legal challenge to The Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Act in the Supreme Court.
According to details available with KNO, Union Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda introduced a bill to amend the Constitution (Jammu and Kashmir) Scheduled Tribes Order, 1989.
The bill seeks inclusion of Paharis, Paddaris, Gadda Braman and Koli tribes.
Union Minister for Social Justice Dr. Virendra Kumar introduced The Constitution (Jammu and Kashmir) Scheduled Castes Order (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which seeks inclusion of the Valmiki community in the list of Scheduled Castes of Jammu and Kashmir—(KNO)