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Mar 01, 2019
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Cabinet approves 10% reservation for general category poor in J&K

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The Union Cabinet has approved the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019. 

Briefing media after the Cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it will serve the purpose of application of relevant provision of the constitution as amended through the constitution (77th Amendment) act, 2019 for Jammu and Kashmir by issuing the constitution Amendment order. 

He said, once notified, this will pave the way for giving the benefit of promotion in service to the SCs, STs and also extend the reservation of up to 10 per cent for the economically weaker section in educational institution and public employment in addition to the existing reservation in the state.


The Cabinet has approved the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019. Mr Jaitley said, the ordinance provides for amendment in the Jammu and Kashmir reservation act 2004 to bringing persons residing in the areas adjoining International Border within the ambit of reservation at par with persons living in areas adjoining actual line of control. 

In another decision, the Cabinet also approved Agra and Kanpur Metro Rail Projects. 

The Cabinet also approved the promulgation of an Ordinance to make amendments to the Aadhaar Act 2016, Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2005 and the Indian Telegraph Act 1885. 

The amendments proposed are the same as those contained in the Bill passed by the Lok Sabha in January 2019. 

As per the amendments, no individual will be compelled to provide proof of possession of the Aadhaar number of undergoing authentication for the purpose of establishing his identity unless it is so provided by a law made by Parliament.

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