Parliament Session Live: J-K Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed in Lok Sabha

The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was taken up for consideration and passing in Lok Sabha on Friday.The bill is aimed at providing relief to persons in Jammu and Kashmir residing in areas adjoining the international border.They can now avail reservation in direct recruitment, promotion and admission in different professional courses. Home Minister Amit Shah will move the bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004. :

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2019 07:08 PM IST
04:20 pm IST

J-K Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed in Lok Sabha

The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The bill, which was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday, seeks to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act of 2004, extending the benefits of reservation to people living near the international border in the state.

04:14 pm IST

Lok Sabha gives nod to Govt resolution seeking extension of President’s Rule in J-K

Lok Sabha on Friday gave its nod to extend President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir for another six months beginning July 3, with Home Minister Amit Shah asserting that assembly elections in the state will be held in a democratic, free and fair manner as soon as the Election Commission announces the dates., reports news agency PTI.

3:55 pm IST

Article 370 is temporary in nature, not permanent.: Amit Shah

Talking about Article 370 that gives special status to J-K, Amit Shah said, “Article 370 is temporary in nature, not permanent.”

On the reason for holding assembly polls simultaneously with Lok Sabha elections, Amit Shah that parliamentary polls were to be held only on six seats but the state polls are more elaborate for which more security is required. Now that the Lok Sabha elections are over, state polls will be held in J-K.

3:42 pm IST

J-K our topmost priority, says Amit Shah

So far as earning the confidence of the people of J-K, this is our topmost priority and we will give extra assistance if need be because they have suffered a lot, says Amit Shah. Says, “it was PM Modi who gave the biggest package till date to the state. Work on various projects under the package has started.”

The HM listed out the various projects initiated by Modi government for the state.

3:36 pm IST

We consider people of J-K our brethren: Amit Shah

“We consider people of J-K our brethren. We are a government who cares about and worries about the people of J-K. Then why weren’t local elections held there earlier? But now panchayat elections have been held”: Amit Shah.

3:30 pm IST

Polls will be held in J-K whenever EC deems fit

“It’s being said we should hold elections in Jammu and Kashmir, else people will be suspicious of the government. But elections were held in the past and they were bogus polls which put the seeds of suspicion in the minds of the people of the state. We aren’t responsible for that.”: Amit Shah on elections in J-K.

I still say that elections will be held in J-K whenever the EC deems it fit, we don’t have any say in it, asserted Amit Shah.

3:22 pm IST

Amit Shah attacks Congress

It is the Modi government which has targeted the root of terrorism inside Pakistan and carried out surgical strike and air strike in India’s self defence, says Amit Shah.

Talking about Congress leader Manish Tiwari’s reference to India’s partition, the HM said, “Who is responsible for the partition of the country? Whose fault is it that today one-third of J-K is not with India? Who called for ceasefire back then? It was Jawaharlal Nehru who did it and gave that portion(PoK) to Pakistan. You say we don’t take people into confidence, but Nehru ji did it without taking the then HM into confidence. If Sardar Patel had handled the Kashmir accession, PoK would have been with us today. So Manish(Tewari) ji don’t teach us history.”

3:16 pm IST

‘BJP banned Jamaat-e-Islami and JKLF’

“Why wasn’t Jamaat-e-Islami banned till date? Who did you want to please? It was BJP government that banned Jamaat-e-Islami. Who put the ban on JKLF? It was BJP who did it, said Amit Shah in Lok Sabha. He said, “Security of 919 people in J&K withdrawn after review by government as they had no security threat”

3:12 pm IST

Our ideology to ensure protection of borders: Amit Shah

Home Minsiter Amit Shah said, “ Our ideology is to ensure protection of borders and make country free of terrorism. The government has spent Rs 2307 crore to upgrade security apparatus in J&K.”

3:05 pm IST

Modi govt has zero tolerance policy towards terror: Amit Shah

Replying on the bill to extend President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, Union home minister Amit Shah said in Lok Sabha , “ Narendra Modi Govt has adopted a zero tolerance policy towards terror and I am sure we will be successful in achieving it with the help of our citizens.”

Adds: “They are saying we are trampling democracy in J&K.Till now 132 times, article 356 has been imposed(President’s rule), out of which 93 times Congress has done it. Now these people will teach us democracy?”

1:46 pm IST

‘EC’s decision not to hold Assembly polls in J&K, BJP shouldn’t be blamed’

Union minister and BJP MP Jitendra Singh, speaking in favour of the bill extending President’s Rule in J&K, said, “this is the decision of the Election Commission not to hold polls there yet. BJP should not be blamed for polls not being held in the state. Blaming us is like pointing fingers at the highest office of the EC.

1:36 pm IST

No reason to defer assembly polls in J-K: Hasnain Masoodi of NC

Hasnain Masoodi of J&K National Conference, speaking on the J-K bill, said, “Article 370 promised a special status to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. There is no reason to not to hold assembly elections in J-K . Why is J-K being kept out of the democratic process? I appeal that elections are held at the earliest.

Adds: “It’s being said the extending President’s Rule will create better conditions in the state but in a state, where there is an alienation and a gulf between the administration and the people, it is imperative to hold elections.”

“People were expecting that the home minister will announce polls on his recent visit to J-K,” says Masoodi.

1:26 pm IST

SP demands compensation for people killed by stray cattle

The Samajwadi Party in the Rajya Sabha Friday demanded compensation for people killed by stray cattle and insurance cover for crops damage caused by them, reports PTI.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Ravi Prakash Verma (SP) said stray cattle has become a menace in Uttar Pradesh and other northern states because of lack of an appropriate policy. He said stray cattle was clogging highways, damaging standing crops and in many cases also killing/injuring people.

Prakash demanded that families of people killed by stray cattle should be given compensation of Rs 5 lakh like that given for those killed by wild animals.

12:50 pm IST

J&K’s situation today due to 2015 PDP-BJP alliance: Manish Tewari

Manish Tiwari says, “ The fact that today we have to extend President’s Rule in J&K every six months....the root of that is because of the 2015 coalition government of the PDP and BJP which was an incompatible alliance. From 2015 to 2018, the situation there worsened. “

Adds. “ It is not in India’s interest not to have an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir. And if we can hold Lok Sabha elections which were peaceful, then why can’t we hold assembly elections there.

In the last three years, the biggest mistake made by this government that the sense of alienation in the people of J-K has gone to an extend that the government will have to walk extra two mile to integrate the people in the mainstream. And so we oppose the bill to extend President’s Rule in the state.”

Manish Tewari says, “ We don’t have any issues with the spirit of the Bill. Reservation Amendment Bill should have been introduced in the J&K assembly. We object to the manner in which the reservation is being given.”

12:45 pm IST

Congress opposes proposal to extend President’s Rule in J&K

Congress opposes the statutory proposal to extend the President’s rule in J&K. Party leader Manish Tiwari, speaking on the J-K bill moved by the home minister, said, “ Muslims in J&K decided to stay back in India due to its secular constitution. The worsening of situation wasn’t due to the people of J-K but due to the interference of our western neighbour, due to Pakistan.”

12:35 pm IST

J&K bill is for those living near the international border: Amit Shah

Moving the J&K Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha, Union home minister Amit Shah said, “ this bill is not to please anyone but for those living near the International Border.”

12:30 pm IST

People living along the International Border should also be included among the 3% who get reservation under this provision: Amit Shah

People living along the International Border should also be included among the 3% who get reservation under this provision. Some 350,000 people of the state will benefit from this amendment: Amit Shah.

12:29 pm IST

Life of every individual is important to us: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha: We are monitoring the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Construction of bunkers in border areas will be done within time limit set by the previous home minister Rajnath Singh Ji. Life of every individual is important to us.

12:28 pm IST

In view of Ramzan and Amarnath Yatra in J-k, preparations are underway to hold Assembly elections by end of this year: Shah

In the view of Ramzan and Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir, preparations are underway to hold Assembly elections by the end of this year: Amit Shah.

12:27 pm IST

President’s rule has allowed the Centre to do a lot of stalled work: Amit Shah

Decision has been taken to construct 15,000 bunkers, 4400 of these have already been constructed. President’s rule has allowed the Centre to do a lot of stalled work: Amit Shah.

12:26 pm IST

Amit Shah asks house to extend President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir for next 6 months

Amit Shah asks house to extend President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir for next 6 months.

12:23 pm IST

Jammu and Ladakh are feeling for the first time that they are part of the state: Amit Shah

Jammu and Ladakh are feeling for the first time that they are part of the state, we have done the job of giving every region its due right. These regions were neglected: Amit Shah.

12:22 pm IST

This government released part of 37,000 crore that is owed to the panchayats: Amit Shah

This government held the local body elections in Jammu and Kashmir and even released part of the 37,000 crore that is owed to the panchayats: Amit Shah.

12:19 pm IST

I propose that President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir should be extended by 6 months: Amit Shah

I propose that President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir should be extended by 6 months: Amit Shah.

 

12:18 pm IST

Election Commission has decided to hold assembly elections in J-K towards the end of this year: Amit Shah

Election Commission has decided to hold assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir towards the end of this year: Amit Shah

12:12 pm IST

Centre invites Delhi to join Ayushman Bharat health scheme

The Centre Friday “invited” the Delhi government to join its Ayushman Bharat scheme to help the poor get benefits of the health protection programme, reports PTI.

Responding to supplementaries in the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Chaubey said 17 hospitals in Delhi -- 12 in the private sector and five government-run -- are empanelled in the scheme.

11:11 am IST

Home Minister to move resolution for approving continuation of Proclamation issued under Article 356 of the Constitution of India

Home Minister to move the resolution for approving the continuation of Proclamation issued under Article 356 of the Constitution of India regarding Jammu and Kashmir, in Lok Sabha today.

10:54 am IST

BJP has issued a three line whip for its Lok Sabha MPs for today

Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal: BJP has issued a three line whip for its Lok Sabha MPs for today. A resolution for extension of President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir and J&K Reservation Act are on list of business today.

 

10:53 am IST

DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha

DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over “lynching of a Muslim man in Jharkhand”.

 

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