Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday moved an amendment to the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act 2004 to extend 3 per cent reservation in educational institutions and government jobs to those living within 10 km of the International Border.
"This will help 3.5 lakh people living in Kathua, Sambaand Jammu," he said.
The Lok Sabha cleared the Bill by voice vote amid protestsfrom the Congress and some opposition parties.
"Due to continuous cross-border tensions, personsliving alongside the International Border suffer from socio-economic andeducational backwardness," Shah told the Lok Sabha.
He said the residents of these areas have to move to saferplaces due to repeated tensions and this impacted their studies as educationalinstitutions near the border remained shut for long periods.
"Hence, it was felt important to extend the reservationbenefits to persons residing in the areas adjoining the International Border onthe similar lines of the persons living in areas adjoining Actual Line ofControl (ALoC)," he said.Earlier, the provision of 3 per cent reservationwas available only for youths living within six kilometres of the Line ofControl (LoC) in J&K. Now, this provision will be applicable for peopleliving near the International Border also.