Jammu & Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 &
Jammu & Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, 2023 passed in Lok Sabha
Union Home and Cooperation Minister Shri Amit Shah replied to the discussion on Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, 2023 in the Lok Sabha on 6 December, 2023. After discussion, the Lok Sabha passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, 2023.
In the Lok Sabha, Shri Amit Shah said a total of 29 speakers expressed their views but all agreed with the objectives of the bill. He said that these bills will add another pearl to the chain of hundreds of progressive changes brought under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Shri Shah said that these bills are going to provide rights and justice to those whom were treated unjustly, insulted and ignored for 70 years. Those who consider it as a means to garner votes in politics by just using them as a vote bank and giving good speeches cannot understand its name. He said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is such a leader who himself has
–For the first time in the history of Jammu & Kashmir, 9 seats have been reserved for Scheduled Tribes and seats have also been reserved for Scheduled Castes.
–Earlier, there were 37 seats in Jammu which have now become 43. There were 46 seats in Kashmir earlier which have now become 47.
–24 seats have been kept reserved for Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
–Earlier, there were 107 seats in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, now there are 114 seats.
–Earlier there were 2 nominated members in the Assembly, now there will be 5.
become the Prime Minister of the country after being born in a poor family and he knows the pain of the backward and the poor. He said when it comes to promoting such people, respect matters more than help.
Union Home Minister said that the era of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir started after the 1980s and the people who had lived there for generations were completely displaced from there but no one cared about them. Shri Shah added that the displaced people had to live as refugees in other parts of their own country and as per the current figures, 1,57,967 people from about 46,631 families were displaced in their own country. He said that this bill is a bill to give them rights and representation.
Shri Amit Shah said that in 1947, 31,779 families were displaced from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to Jammu and Kashmir and out of these, 26,319 families started living in Jammu and Kashmir and 5,460 families started living in other parts of the country. He said that after the wars of 1965 and 1971, 10,065 families were displaced and overall, 41,844 families were displaced.
He said on August 5-6, 2019, Prime Minister Shri Modi listened to the voices of these displaced people and gave them their rights. Shri Shah said that judicial delimitation was part of the bill passed on August 5 and 6, 2019. He said that Delimitation Commission, Delimitation and Demarcated Assembly are the core of democracy and process of deciding the unit for electing people’s representatives. All groups of displaced people asked the Commission to take cognizance of their representation and it is a matter of joy that the Commission has made a provision that 2 seats will be reserved for displaced Kashmiri people and 1 seat to be reserved for the people displaced from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.