Cabinet seeks quick decision from backward classes panel
In a bid to woo the Jat community ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the union cabinet on Thursday asked the National Commission for Backward Classes to fast track its recommendations on whether Jats could be included in the OBC list for quota in central government jobs and educational institutions.
The cabinet decision came on a proposal of the social justice and empowerment ministry asking the commission to review its earlier recommendation of not conducting a fresh survey to ascertain the number and socio-economic condition of Jats.
Information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari said there was a demand of reservation for Jats from nine states, namely Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Bihar.
Tewari said the cabinet has asked the commission to take an early decision on whether Jats can be included in the central list of the other backward classes so that those belonging to this community can get the benefit of reservation in central government jobs and educational institutions.
On whether the cabinet had given any deadline to the commission, Tewari said: "We hope the NCBC will take it up expeditiously and revert to the government. We are positive but there is a process."
On whether the commission could turn down the cabinet's advice, the minister said, "Every committee or commission has a right to negate or approve. When the government takes a political consideration and the cabinet recommends something, it has to be taken seriously by the commission."
Professor Nilofar Khan, who has 30 years of teaching experience, has been appointed as the first woman vice-chancellor of the University of Kashmir, officials said on Thursday. The order of appointment was issued by Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha in his capacity of being the chancellor of the university. She will be replacing Professor Talat Ahmad, who completed his second tenure as the V-C of the university which began in August 2018.
Given the spike in terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and threats issued by various terror outfits, the upcoming annual Amarnath Yatra starting June 30 to the cave shrine at 13,000ft in south Kashmir is going to be a litmus test for the government. One of the most revered Hindu pilgrimages in India, the yatra is resuming after two years.
Jammu divisional commissioner Ramesh Kumar along with additional director general of police, Jammu, Mukesh Singh, handed over an appointment letter and ex gratia to the family of Rahul Bhat, a migrant Kashmiri Pandit government employee who was gunned down in the Valley recently. A financial assistance of ₹5 lakh was also handed over to the family. Jammu deputy commissioner Avny Lavasa had also accompanied Kumar.
Following the conviction of banned JKLF chief Yasin Malik by a Delhi court in a terror funding case on Thursday, wife of late Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna, Shalini Khanna, said she was confident of getting justice for Yasin Malik. “Bad deeds lead to bad outcomes,” said the 70-year-old, while demanding Malik be sent to the gallows. Squadron leader Khanna was shot 27 times with an AK assault rifle.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday claimed to have solved the Baramulla grenade attack case on a liquor shop with the arrest of four Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists and a terror associate. The police identified the four militants as Shahid Showkat Bala, Safeer Ahmad Mir, Moh Maroof Saleh and Faisal Shaban Gojri, all residents of Baramulla while their associate Hatif Ahmad Sofi was from Arampora.