Pahari speaking people to get quota in Jammu and Kashmir, Assembly passes bill

Jammu and Kashmir have become the first state in the country to extend 3% reservation for the Pahari-speaking people have opened a Pandora’s box as the weaker section has objected to quota on the basis of language. The issue was hanging fire for many decades.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill 2014 aimed at amending Jammu and Kashmir
Reservation Act-2004 was introduced in the House by Minister for social welfare Sajad Gani Lone.
Lone said, Pahari speaking people are mainly gathered together in distant areas of the state and are a subject to considerable economic distress.

They are social, economically and educationally backward and are mostly not able to compete with those sections of the society who are able to compete with these sections of the society who are better placed in terms of socio-economic positions as also in terms of access to services like education and healthcare, he
The minister said, with the scheduling of Gujjars and Bakerwals as tribes, the Pahari speaking people were not able to derive any benefit in terms of getting employment and other conveniences.
This proves that Pahari speaking people are suffering from socio-economic backwardness and insufficiency of presentation as a class, he said.

Pahari speaking people to get quota, Jammu and Kashmir Assembly passes The bill aims at bringing the community within the range of positive discrimination as governed by the constitutional principle
of affirmative action and as applied to other marginalized communities of the country, Lone said.
The Legislative Assembly also passed a bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir state commission for five years.

This bill was also introduced in the House by Sajad Gani Lone. Explaining the main aims and reasons behind introducing the amendment Bill, he said, It is difficult to find suitable person to be nominated as
chairman/ members of the commission, owing to the fact that the said person, should be well versed with the knowledge of the Castes/ Backward class formations in J and K state”.

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