New Delhi, Aug 5 : Rajya Sabha on Monday passed by voice vote the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill 2019, seeking to give 10 per cent reservation to the economically weaker section (EWS) quota in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Once the Bill is passed by both the Houses of Parliament, residents of the State with income below Rs 8 lakh per annum would benefit from the 10 percent quota.
This Bill also provides 10 percent reservation in admission in Government educational institutions for the EWS students. The reservation for EWS category was introduced through the 103rd Constitutional Amendment in January this year.
Majority of the States have already implemented the reservation but this could not be placed before the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly as it had been dissolved earlier.
The Union Cabinet on July 31 had approved a bill to implement the EWS quota in Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier, Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which provides people living near the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir to get the benefit of reservation in jobs, promotion, and educational institutions on par with those living along the Actual Line of Control (ALoC).(UNI)