People’s Conference leaders meet Governor

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Seek assent to state reservation amendment bill

Jammu, Jan 13: A two-member People’s Conference delegation, led by its chairman Sajjad Gani Lone, Sunday met Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik here and sought his assent to the J&K Reservation Amendment Bill.
The bill was passed in the state legislative assembly before the fall of the PDP-BJP government last year.
Lone along with his close associate Imran Raza Ansari met the governor at the Raj Bhavan and also discussed various development issues of their respective areas, an official spokesman said.
Discussing the issue of reservation to Paharis and economically weaker sections of society, the former ministers sought the governor’s assent to the J&K Reservation Amendment Bill, he said.
The bill was passed by the state legislature during their ministership, the spokesman said.
The legislative assembly passed the landmark bill in February last year to extend three per cent reservation benefits to the Pahari speaking people in the state.
The delegation also stated their demands for sanctioning a water supply scheme for Parihaspora, expanding the Imambara, Zaidibal and compensation to victims of Handwara fire incident, the spokesman said.
He added that they also sought early redressal of issues related of a fruit mandi association in Sopore.
The governor urged Lone and Ansari to continue their endeavours for promoting public welfare and development works in their respective areas.