PM Narendra Modi. (Mint)
PM Narendra Modi. (Mint)

Cabinet moves to give quota benefits to economically weaker in J&K

  • Cabinet also decides to bring persons living in the areas adjoining international border within the ambit of the reservation
  • Cabinet clears several infrastructure projects at Thursday's meeting

NEW DELHI : The government on Thursday decided to make the 10% reservation to the economically weaker section, passed in Parliament in January, to the state of Jammu & Kashmir as well.

The union cabinet also decided to bring persons residing in the areas adjoining international border within the ambit of the reservation at par with persons living in areas adjoining actual Line of Control (LoC).

The cabinet also cleared several infrastructure projects at Thursday's meeting, its penultimate meeting before the code of conduct kicks in ahead of national polls.

Finance and corporate affairs minister Arun Jaitley told reporters that the benefit of reservation to the economically weak in J&K is being implemented by way of Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019.

This is required as central laws are not automatically applicable to J&K without the state assembly passing it. Jammu and Kashmir is currently under president’s rule and does not have an elected government in power.

Once notified, the amendment will give benefit of promotion in service to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) and also extend the reservation of up to 10% for the poor in educational institutes and public employment in addition to the existing reservation in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 approved by cabinet brings persons residing in the areas adjoining international border within the ambit of the reservation at par with persons living near actual Line of Control (LoC).

The Centre also cleared 10,000 crore for promotion of electric and hybrid vehicles. It also approved foreign investment of more than 5,000 crore and upto 25,000 crore by way of a rights issue of Vodafone Idea Ltd.

It also gave its nod to the National Policy on Software Products 2019. Initially an outlay of 1,500 crore would be involved to implement the schemes over a period of seven years, for the development of software products sector in the country. The aim is to nurture as many as 10,000 technology start-ups in the sector.

The cabinet also approved development of a new airport at Hirasar in Gujarat which is expected to cost 1,400 crore.

Cabinet approves revised cost for the Asian Development Bank assisted North Eastern State Roads Investment Programme now called the North East Road Sector Development Scheme.

Also, a new All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) will be set up at Manethi, Haryana at a cost of 1,299 crore.

(Pretika Khanna contributed to this story.)

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