Union Cabinet approves J&K Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill

The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (2nd Amendment) Bill was approved by the Union Cabinet on July 30. The bill will pave the way for the extension of 10 percent reservation for the poor in educational institutes and government offices of Jammu and Kashmir.

The 10 percent reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) will be in addition to the existing reservations in the state.

10 percent reservation quota to EWS

The Union Government had approved a constitutional amendment in January 2019 to provide 10 percent reservation to the Economically Weaker Sections in general category for direct recruitment in higher education and government jobs. The 10 percent reservation is over and above the existing reservation cap of 50 percent.

Who can avail the 10 percent reservation quota?

The Union Government stated that those with an annual family income of less than Rs 8 lakh will be categorized as economically weaker and deemed eligible for the reservation quota.

Background

The Supreme Court had earlier refused to order a stay on the government’s decision to grant 10 percent quota to economically weaker sections in jobs and admissions. The court had, however, agreed to examine the validity of the law and issued a notice to the Centre on the pleas.

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha passed the reservation bill on January 8 and 9 respectively and it was later signed by President Ram Nath Kovind.

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