RS passes Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill

The Rajya Sabha Monday cleared The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 that seeks to replace the ordinance to merge the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) cadre of civil services officer with the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.

The bill was introduced in the Upper House of the Parliament last week and it was approved with voice vote before Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

“The complete integration of both UTs along with one nation one constitution, holistic development and public welfare are being ensured at each level. Through amendment of this bill, the merger of J&K cadre with AGMUT cadre is an important step in that direction,” Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said in Rajya Sabha.

He said that the constitution of India was now fully applicable in Jammu and Kashmir, and that the bill would enable availability of officers in Jammu and Kashmir who had experience of running union territory administration.

He said around 170 central laws were being implemented in Jammu and Kashmir.

“For smooth implementation of these laws, application of schemes and effective execution of projects and for better strength of cadre, officers with experience of UT administration are very important. Through merger of J&K cadre with AGMUT Cadre, services of All India Services officers of AGMUT cadre can be taken in Jammu and Kashmir,” Reddy said.

Opposing the Statutory Resolution and Legislative Business (Bill for Consideration and Passing) – the Jammu and Kashmir (Amendment) Bill 2021 Leader of the Opposition in RajyaSabhaGhulamNabi Azad said contrary to the government’s tall promises behind converting J&K into UT, development had been stalled, industry couldn’t enter the region and unemployment was on the rise.

He said that the House was informed by the PM and Home Minister that J&K had been given the status of UT for some time and after that statehood of J&K would be restored. Participating in the debate, BJP leader Shamsher Singh Manhas said no development could take place earlier despite maximum central funds going to Kashmir as compared to Jammu, Leh and Ladakh.