Parliament clears extension of President's rule in J&K

Parliament on Monday gave its approval for extending President’s rule in J&K for another six months from July 3, with Rajya Sabha passing a resolution in this regard.

The upper house of Parliament also passed the bill amending J&K Reservation Act, 2004. Both, moved by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, had been passed by Lok Sabha on Friday.

Earlier Shah said the Centre had no option but to extend the President’s rule for six months in J&K as the Election Commission intends to hold assembly polls there towards the end of the year.

With the opposition questioning the delay in holding assembly polls, Shah said assembly elections were never conducted in the past in the state during the month of Ramadhan, which was from May 7 to June 4 this year.

He also cited Amarnath Yatra from June 30 to August 15 and said Bakarwal community also moves to higher reaches during this time and returns only in October.

The Home Minister also moved Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019, to replace an ordinance issued by the previous government.

People living along the International Border (IB) in J&K will get benefits of reservation in direct recruitment, promotion and admission in professional courses on a par with those living along the Actual Line of Control (ALoC).

The minister said that reservation will benefit about 3.5 lakh people living in 435 villages of the three districts — Kathua, Samba and Jammu.

The amendment bill has already got approval of Lok Sabha.

The bill once passed by Parliament will amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 to bring persons residing in areas adjoining the IB within the ambit of reservation, on a par with those living in areas adjoining the Actual Line of Contro (ALoC).