Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019 to be tabled in LS today

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New Delhi: The Central government will move Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019 for consideration and passage in Lok Sabha today.

The Lower House will also take up the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill 2019 having provisions of 10 per cent reservation for Economically Weaker Sections among the general category.

Home Minister Amit Shah assured the members on Monday that he would move the bill and the resolution for consideration of the House. He said that the opposition can have a detailed discussion on the same and he is ready to give the reply.

On Monday, Rajya Sabha adopted resolutions to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir. The house passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill, 2019 by voice vote.

The Bill seeks to make Jammu and Kashmir a Union Territory with the legislature and Ladakh Union Territory without legislature. The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill 2019 having provisions of 10 per cent reservation for Economically Weaker Sections of upper caste in the state was also passed by the upper house.

Announcing a path-breaking decision by the Government, Home Minister Amit Shah yesterday said, the politics of vote bank has looted the youth of the state for over 70 years. He termed the provisions of Article 370 as discriminatory on the basis of gender, class, caste and place of origin.

Shah pointed out to the opposition that everyone knows how the article 370 is hampering the development of the people of the state.

Talking about terrorism, Shah said that the youth has been misguided to pursue jihad on Pakistan’s nefarious designs. Thousands of civilians have died. He said, all the political parties with separatist ideology have vested interests to continue article 370. He said Jammu and Kashmir will become a true part of India in letter and spirit once article 370 is removed. The Minister said the path to a solution to all the problems of Kashmir goes through the repealing of article 370.

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