Restoration of democracy in Jammu and Kashmir is the top priority : Amit Shah


The Minister of Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah has moved the motion for consideration of the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, in Lok Sabha on June 28, 2019. Moving the motion he said the President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir was approved in this very House on December 28, 2018. The period of six months is going to be over on the 2nd of July, 2019. It has been decided by the Election Commission that election shall be held there at the end of the year. So, it has become essential to extend the period of President’s Rule in J&K.
The Minister of Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah also moved the motion for consideration of the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, in Rajya Sabha on 01 July, 2019. We are publishing the synopsis of the debate both in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for our readers :

LOK SABHA

Shri Amit Shah said, “Two motions have come up before this august House. One pertains to the extension of the President’s Rule in the State of Jammu and Kashmir for a further period of six months and the other provides for the addition of certain areas in the provision of reservation under Section 5 and 9 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir through amendment”.

The President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir was approved in this very House on December 28, 2018. The period of six months is going to be over on the 2nd of July, 2019. It has been decided by the Election Commission that election shall be held there at the end of the year. So, it has become essential to extend the period of President’s Rule in J&K.

My only submission is that it has been for the first time over the last one year that a policy of zero tolerance against terrorism has been adopted. It is only within a year that elections to the Panchayats have been conducted. Not just that, a sum of Rs.3700 crore is going to be transferred into the accounts of Gram Panchayats of Jammu and Kashmir.

The vote percentage has increased in both Panchayat and Lok Sabha elections and there has been no incidence of violence. This shows that law and order is very much within the control of the Government.

As far as development is concerned, the BJP Government has taken a slew of initiatives. This has led to a feel of satisfaction among the people at large in J&K as well as in the Ladakh region. Years’ long pending issues have been settled.
Earlier, there would be no bunkers and there used to be loss of lives and cattle as well. Now, compensation of Rs.50 thousand is paid in the event of death of a buffalo. A decision has been taken to build 15 thousand bunkers of which 44 hundred bunkers have already been built. I wish to make it amply clear that the restoration of democracy in the State of Jammu and Kashmir happens to be the top priority of the BJP.

My second motion is to extend 3 per cent reservation available to the residents dwelling along the Line of Actual Control under the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 also to those people residing adjoining the international border whether it be LoC or LAC or international border, the villages located along the borders are faced with the same kind of hardships.

This will benefit three and a half lakh people belonging to Kathua, Samba and Jammu district. I urge upon the House through you to approve this motion.

RAJYA SABHA

Moving the motion Shri Amit Shah said, “I move that this House disapproves the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 (No. 8 of 2019) promulgated by the President of India on 1st March, 2019”.

As per the rules made under the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004, vertical reservation has been made in the direct recruitment, promotion, vocational courses and other courses of education. Under this there is a provision for reservation for people belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, People of Weaker and Poor sections and people hail from the Line of Actual 199 Control.

The difficulties of people living in the Line of Control, the Line of Actual Control and the International border are the same in nature. Due to the conditions of the area education of children are adversely affected. Their education is not consistent.
People from three districts of Jammu and Kashmir feel that injustice is being done to them. Their spirit is increasing day by day.

That is why, it was reformed by bringing an Ordinance that the people who live on the international border, Their children should also be given reservation in education and jobs. In the Jammu and Kashmir, the Legislative Assembly is not in existence yet, so I have brought this Bill to in the Parliament so that children of Kathua, Samba and Jammu districts can be included in this facility.

Sir, I have come with a second Resolution that the period of President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir may be extended for 6 months. The period of President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir is ending on 2nd of July, 2019. The PDP Government has lost confidence and the Governor has received a notice of some horse trading, hence he dissolved the Legislative Assembly.

Election Commission has decided that elections will be held there at the end of this year. Prior to that, due to Amar Nath Yatra and Bakkarwal etc., elections cannot be held. Therefore, there is no other option for the Government other than extending the period of President’s rule.