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JK Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, JK Reservation (Amendment) Bill passed by Lok Sabha | Explained

One of the Bills provides representation to those who ‘became refugees in their own country’ and reserves one seat for people who have been displaced from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK)

Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 seeks to provide representation to the Kashmiri Migrants and displaced persons from the PoK (ANI)Premium
Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 seeks to provide representation to the Kashmiri Migrants and displaced persons from the PoK (ANI)

Jammu & Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 aimed at providing “rights to those who faced injustice" and were deprived of their rights in the Union Territory have been passed in the Lok Sabha. Speaking in the Lok Sabha on the two Jammu and Kashmir Bills, Union Minister Amit Shah said one of the Bills seeks to represent those who became refugees in their own country and also reserves one seat in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for people who have been displaced from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

“Earlier there were 37 seats in Jammu, now there are 43. Earlier there were 46 in Kashmir, now there are 47 and in PoK, 24 seats have been reserved since PoK is ours," he said. Announcing the distribution of seats, Amit Shah said, “Two seats will be reserved for Kashmiri Migrant community members, and one seat in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly will be reserved for people displaced from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir."

“For the first time, 9 seats will be reserved for SC/ST communities..." Amit Shah said. Also Read | 'PoK would be part of India if Jawaharlal Nehru...': Amit Shah asserts 'PoK is ours' in Lok Sabha | Watch video

Jammu & Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023

-The Jammu & Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 is aimed at amending the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004.

-The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 provided reservation in jobs and admission in professional institutions to Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), and other socially and educationally backward classes.

-The Jammu & Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend the Section 2 of the 2004 Act. 

-The amendment Bill suggests a change in the nomenclature of a section of people who were earlier described as “weak and under privileged classes (social castes)" to "other backward classes".

Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023

-The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 seeks to amend the 2019 Act and provide representation in the Legislative Assembly to the Kashmiri Migrants and displaced persons from the PoK.

-It seeks to nominate two members from the Kashmiri migrant community and one person representing the displaced persons from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to the Legislative Assembly.

-The amendment Bill proposes to increase the number of seats in the Legislative Assembly to 90 from 83.

-The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 seeks to reserve seats for the members of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.

-It seeks to insert new sections 15A and 15B in the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 for the Lieutenant Governor to nominate not more than two members, one of whom shall be a woman, from the community of "Kashmiri Migrants" and one Member from "Displaced Persons from Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir", to the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.

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Published: 06 Dec 2023, 05:35 PM IST
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