A day after his two-day visit to J&K Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday has tabled the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the 17th Lok Sabha, seeking to extend the President's rule in the state by 6 months from July 2.
The bill tabled by the Home Minister proposes to give reservation in educational institutions and government jobs to people living within 10 kilometres of the International Border in the state.
Speaking in the Lower House, Amit Shah said that the Modi government has done a lot of work in the past one year to root out terrorism from Jammu and Kashmir. He further stated that while there have been many incidents of violence during elections previosuly in the state, 2019 General Elections was the first time when not a single incident of violence was reported.
"The government has done a lot over the past year to uproot terror from Jammu and Kashmir. For the very first time in many years, zero tolerance policy against terror was adopted under President's rule," said the Home Minister in Lok Sabha.
Stating that preparations are underway to hold Assemly elections by the end of the year, he reasoned that Ramzan and Amarnath Yatra has been kept in mind over the decision.
"Due to Ramzan, elections did not take place and then there was Amarnath Yatra. They will have their elections in time if the bill is passed and the extended President's Rule ends," said Amit Shah concluding his statements.
The Bill, which amends the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday. It paves the way for the 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).
"The Amendment proposes that people living along Line of Control, International Border and Line of Actual Control should be included in the 3 per cent reservation," The Home Minister said.
During his Jammu and Kashmir, Amit Shah called for strict action against terror funding in the state and spoke to the security forces in the state on the need to show zero-tolerance towards terrorism.
(With PTI inputs)