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Union cabinet approves amendment to JK Reservation Act

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Srinagar: The Union Cabinet in it’s meeting on Thursday approved the amendment to the JK Reservation Act through an Ordinance to add the words “and International Border” after the word “LAC” so that the benefits of reservation available to residents of LAC are extended to IB, state government said. “This would benefit residents in Jammu, Samba, Kathua,” an official spokesman said in a statement issued here.

He further said: “through a Presidential Order, apply the 77th Constitutional Amendment 1995 to J&K. This would give the benefit of reservation in promotion to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in government service.”

Through a Presidential Order, he said, apply the 103rd Constitutional Amendment 2019 to J&K. “This would give the benefit of 10% reservation to Economically Weaker Sections among the general category people.”

These were recommended by the SAC in it’s meeting last week to the Union Government, the spokesman added.

“There is no other change in any matter,” he said, adding, “These amendments do not affect who is covered as a Permanent Resident. They do not bring West Pakistan Refugees under the scope of permanent residency. In the case of IB, only permanent residents will be able to get the benefits of this extension of reservation benefits as applicable to LOC residents.”

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