NEW DELHI: The Indian Government has extended the presidential rule in Jammu & Kashmir and the Union Minister Prakash Javadekar confirmed on Wednesday that the
Cabinet has approved extension of President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir for six more months beginning July 3.
A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, decided that Central rule, which has been continuing in Jammu and Kashmir since June 20, 2018, will remain for six months. “Yes, it has been decided,” Javadekar told reporters when asked whether the Cabinet gave its nod to extend President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
An official statement said based on the prevailing situation in the State as stated in the report of Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister has approved the extension of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir for a further period of six months with effect from July 3, 2019, under article 356(4) of the Constitution of India.
This is likely to be the last extension of the central rule in the State as the Election Commission had issued a statement recently stating that elections in Jammu and Kashmir would be announced after the annual Amarnath Yatra beginning on July 1.
The present term of President’s rule is expiring on July 2 and the Governor has recommended that the President rule in the State may be extended for a further period of six months with effect from July 3, the statement said.
A resolution seeking approval of the Parliament for the extension of the Central rule in Jammu and Kashmir will be moved in both Houses of Parliament during the forthcoming session.
The Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir was imposed initially on June 20, 2018 and the State Assembly was kept in suspended animation after the State plunged into a political crisis when the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition Government was reduced to minority following withdrawal of support by the 25-member BJP in the State.
Under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, there is no provision for further continuation of Governor’s rule after six months. Hence, on the recommendation of Governor and having regard to the prevailing situation in the state, the President’s rule was imposed on December 20, 2018. Subsequently, a resolution approving the President’s rule was passed in the Lok Sabha on December 28, 2018 and in the Rajya Sabha on January 3, 2019.
Meanwhile, People living along the India-Pakistan international border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir will get the benefits of reservation in direct recruitment, promotion and admission in different professional courses, at par with those living along the Actual Line of Control (ALoC). The decision was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet.
In keeping with its
pro-people initiatives and especially for those at the last mile of
development, the Union Cabinet cleared the decks for approval of the Jammu and
Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which will be introduced in the
forthcoming session of Parliament, according to an official statement.
The move will go a long way in providing relief to the people living in areas adjoining the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir. They can now avail the benefits of reservation in direct recruitment, promotion and admission in different professional courses, the statement said.
The Bill will replace the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 through amendments in the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 and bringing the persons residing in areas adjoining the IB within the ambit of reservation, at par with those living in areas adjoining the ALoC.
The people living in areas adjoining the IB in Jammu and Kashmir were not included in the ambit of the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 and Rules, 2005. The rules provided for reservation in direct recruitment, promotions and admission in different professional courses to various categories, including the residents of areas adjoining the ALoC. Thus, those living in areas adjoining the IB in Jammu and Kashmir were not getting these benefits for a long time.
Due to continuous cross-border tensions, persons living along the IB suffer from socio-economic and educational backwardness. Shelling from across the border often compels these residents to move to safer places, which adversely impacts their education as schools and colleges remain closed for long periods.