Promotion Benefits for Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes in services in J&K

10% Reservation for economically weaker sections in educational institutions & public employment in J&K

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approvedthe proposal of Jammu &Kashmir Government regarding amendment to the Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) 0rder, 1954 by way of the Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019. It will serve the purpose of application of relevant provisions of the Constitution of India, as amended through the Constitution (Seventy Seventh Amendment) Act, 1995 and Constitution (One Hundred arid third Amendment) Act, 2019 for Jammu and Kashmir, by issuing the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019 by the President under clause (1) of Article370.

Impact:

Once notified, this will pave the way for giving benefit of promotion in service tothe Scheduled Castes, the Schedule Tribes and also extend the reservation ofup to 10%   for “economically weaker sections” in educational institutions and public employment in addition to the existing reservation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Background : Equity & Inclusiveness

Constitution (Seventy Seventh Amendment) Act, 1995 was enacted thereby inserting clause (4A) after clause 4 of Article 16 of Constitution of India.  Clause (4A) provides for giving benefit of promotion in service to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.  The Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019 has been applied in the country except Jammu and Kashmir and with extension of Act to Jammu and Kashmir economically weaker sections of State would also avail the benefit of reservation.

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