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J&K approves 10% quota for Paharis, 3 other tribes

By, Jammu
Mar 17, 2024 08:36 AM IST

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday approved 10% reservations for Paharis and three other tribes. With this, the total reservations under the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category have now gone up to 20%.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday approved 10% reservations for Paharis and three other tribes.

The Administrative Council which met here under lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha on Friday approved the proposal of social welfare department to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Rules, 2005. (HT File)
The Administrative Council which met here under lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha on Friday approved the proposal of social welfare department to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Rules, 2005. (HT File)

With this, the total reservations under the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category have now gone up to 20%.

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The government also accorded 8% reservations to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) besides adding 15 new castes in the list of OBCs as recommended by the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Commission.

In February, the Parliament in its budget session had approved reservation to Pahari ethnic tribe, Paddari tribe, Kolis and Gadda Brahmins.

The Parliament had also approved reservations to OBCs in government jobs and educational institutions besides panchayats and urban local bodies (ULBs).

The Administrative Council which met here under lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha on Friday approved the proposal of social welfare department to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Rules, 2005 in light of Jammu & Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Act, 2023, dated 15.12.2023, Constitution (Jammu & Kashmir) Scheduled Castes Order (Amendment) Act, 2024, Constitution (Jammu & Kashmir) Scheduled Tribes Order (Amendment) Act, 2024 and recommendations of Jammu and Kashmir Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Commission.

“In light of addition of four new tribes i.e. Pahari ethnic group, Paddari tribe, Kolis and Gadda Brahmins, to the scheduled tribes order as applicable to the J&K by the Parliament, the administrative council approved 10% reservation in favour of newly added tribes taking the overall reservation for STs to 20%,” said an official spokesperson.

In order to ensure that both already notified and now newly added tribes get benefits of reservation equally and separately, the government approved an equal and separate percentage of reservation for them i.e. 10% each, he added.

The government also approved the addition of 15 new castes in OBCs and enhancement of reservation in favour of OBCs to 8%, which will meet the long-pending demand of the OBC category in the UT.

It also approved change in nomenclature and synonymy of some castes as recommend by the SEBC Commission.

Approval was also accorded to replace the term physically challenged persons or handicapped wherever appearing in the rules with the term persons with disabilities in conformity with the provisions of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

“The said amendments shall fulfill the long pending demands of these communities regarding their right to adequate representation in government jobs and professional courses, which they stood hitherto deprived of, due to their social, educational and economical backwardness,” said the spokesperson.

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