Centre likely to reserve 3 seats for Kashmiri migrants, PaJK refugees in J-K assembly

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The Central government is mulling to amend the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Act to reserve three seats in the Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly for Kashmiri migrants and refugees from the Pakistan administered Jammu & Kashmir (PaJK).

Sources said that the centre is planning to bring “The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, in Parliament to reserve two seats for Kashmiri migrants and one for refugees from PaJK. These members will be nominated by the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory, they said.

According to sources, the bill states that Jammu & Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor may nominate not more than two members, one of whom shall be a woman, from the community of Kashmiri migrants, to the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly.

It further states that LG may nominate one member from displaced persons from Pakistan administered Jammu and Kashmir to the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly.

The bill is aimed at “preserving political rights of the migrants and refugee communities as well as for their social and economic development”.

It is worthwhile to mention that the delimitation commission headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice (retd.) Ranjana Desai had recommended to the Government of India to make a legal provision for nomination of at least two members (one of them must be female) from the community of Kashmiri Migrants in the Legislative Assembly.

It had also recommended that the Government may consider giving some representation to refugees from PaJK in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, by way of nomination of representatives of the displaced persons from PaJK.

Meanwhile, JK BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur also tweeted: “Stage set for another historic moment: Re organisation bill to be tabled in the parliament’s moonsoon session: Kashmiri pandits to get two seats. KPs were forced to leave their home land and live a miserable life. One seat will be given to PoJK people who rejected two nation theory and stood with Indian union. Later JK LG to nominate three members for KPs and PoJK people in the Parliament. Indeed a great gesture by PM Modi led government.” (KNO)

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