The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019, that will pave the way for extending reservation in jobs, promotions and education, reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and the 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections from the general category.
People living near the International Border (IB) will be brought at par with those living near the Line of Control (LoC) for reservation in state government jobs by amending the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 through an Ordinance. Earlier, the provision of 3 per cent reservation was available only for youth living within 6 km of LoC in J&K.
A Home Ministry official clarified that the ordinance will not affect the rights of people of the state or have any impact on Article 35-A, that provides special rights and privileges to permanent residents of J&K.
Announcing the Cabinet’s decision, Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley said, “It provides for amendments in the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 to bring persons residing in the areas adjoining International Border within the ambit of reservation at par with persons living in areas adjoining Actual Line of Control.”
The order will allow reservation for SC/STs and economically weaker sections in educational institutions and public employment in Jammu and Kashmir. Jaitley said that “because of the provisions of Article 370”, laws passed by Centre need to be approved by the state government, because of which the SC/ST reservation had not been extended to the state.
The cabinet also agreed to bring an ordinance to allow the use of Aadhaar as a KYC document, which is not allowed now after the Supreme Court struck down the use of Aadhaar for mobile phones and bank accounts.
The ordinance allows Aadhaar to be used as a KYC document “voluntarily” as per the Telegraph Act and Prevention of Money Laundering Act, so it to be used for mobile phones and in banks. The ordinance will be along the lines of the Bill that was passed in the Lok Sabha but could not get through the Rajya Sabha.