Addressing a massive rally at Rajouri in Jammu, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday announced a quota for the ‘Pahari’ community, besides Gujjars and Bakarwals, in education and jobs as Scheduled Tribe (ST). For this announcement to fructify, the central government will have to amend the Reservations Act in the Parliament.
“The commission (set up by Lieutenant Governor) has sent the report and recommended reservation for Gujjar, Bakarwal and Pahari communities. It will be given soon,” he said. Shah also stated that such a step is possible only after the abrogation of Article 370.
The Home Minister also asserted that after the removal of Article 370, terror-related incidents in Jammu & Kashmir have plummeted significantly. “Against the previous figure of 4,767 militancy-related incidents reported in J&K in a year on an average, the number has dropped to 721 after the abrogation of Article 370. Killing of Security Forces personnel has come to just 137 a year, which is the lowest ever,” the 57-year-old said.
“The sustained campaign launched by the Prime Minister Narendera Modi to crush militants, separatists and Hurriyat has yielded good results. Today, J&K is the most secure place,” averred Shah, who was flanked by J&K LG Manoj Sinha and MoS in PMO Dr Jitendera Singh besides MP Jugal Kishore.
Lashing out at National Conference’s Omar Abdullah and PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti, he thundered, “I want to appeal to you to free Jammu & Kashmir from the clutches of three families that ruled here. These three families ruled for 70 years but kept common people yearning for democracy. Today, people have Gram Panchayat, Zila Panchayat and Tehsil Panchayat, which didn’t happen in the past 70 years.”
Shah mentioned that after the rollback of Article 370, Rs 56000 crore investment has reached J&K which will generate employment for youth. He also hailed LG Sinha for announcing holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh.
The first elections in J&K after Article 370 aboragion are likely to take place early next year. The Modi government at the Centre on August 5, 2019 had annulled Articles 35A and 370, the constitutional provisions which gave special status to the state.