Uproar in J-K Assembly over reservation to women, backward classes

     Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Wednesday witnessed uproar and noisy scenes over the issue of providing reservation to backward classes and women in all institutions of the state, including local bodies. Members of the National Panthers Party and Bharatiya Janata Party shouted anti-government slogans in the well of the House after the issue of reservation for the backward classes and women came up for discussion.

Legislator of the JKPP, Harsh Dev Singh said that the government was deliberately evading the issue of reservation to backward classes and women in the run-up to the polls. "Eight percent reservation is provided in the constitution for SCs in all institutions of the state, including assembly as well. They are entitled under the constitution to their legitimate share of reservation. But here we see that SCs are being deprived of their due share, their legitimate share, to which they are entitled under the constitution,” he said.

“No seat under the said category has been reserved in the block development council. That is why we were agitating. They need to be given their due share, which is eight percent in the state. The state has refused to give it, and likewise, women are also entitled to reservation because at various levels they are getting 33 percent reservation," he added. Elections to the local bodies would take place soon and the JKPP demanded that 33 percent seats should be reserved for the backward and Scheduled Castes (SCs) and eight percent for women.

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