Union Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Jammu & Kashmir quota bill in Parliament, while also proposing to extend the President’s rule in the state by six months. The Union Home Minister said the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Bill is aimed to provide reservations in educational institutions and government jobs within 10km of the International Border in the Jammu area as students had to stay in bunkers for several days during shelling and firing, which was why the government wanted a reservation for those living along the International Border.
Moving the bill in the Lok Sabha, Shah said, “This bill is not to please anyone but for those living near the International Border.”
The Union minister said the Modi government had tried to fulfil the expectations of the people of Jammu and Ladakh. “Pending cases have been resolved over the years. Refugees from PoK and West Pakistan have been helped. Over 15,000 bunkers are being constructed. Compensation is being paid if livestock is killed,” he said.
Reassuring the people of J&K of safety by monitoring the overall security situation in the state, he said that construction of bunkers along the border areas will be done within the time limit set by previous Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
He also introduced a bill to extend the President’s rule by six more months. He also stated that in view of Ramadan and Amarnath Yatra, the election in the state has been postponed to by 2018-end.” He added the government held the local body polls in Jammu and Kashmir and released Rs 37,000 crore for the panchayats.