Jammu, Feb 06: On the passing of the Constitution (Jammu and Kashmir) Scheduled Tribes Order (Amendment) Bill, 2024 in the LokSabha, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has termed it as a historic day for Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement issued, the LG said: “A historic day for Jammu and Kashmir! The LokSabha has cleared the Constitution (Jammu and Kashmir) Scheduled Tribes Order (Amendment) Bill, 2024, to grant scheduled tribe status to Paharis, Padari Tribes, Koli&Gadda Brahmin, fulfilling the long-pending demand of these communities.”
He said that under the leadership of PM NarendraModi, the government has ensured the inclusion of these communities in the Scheduled Tribes list will have no impact on the current level of reservations available to Gujjars, Bakarwals, and other tribes, and they will continue to get reservations like before.
“After the bill is cleared in the RajyaSabha, the UT administration will issue necessary notifications ensuring that the people included in the existing list of Scheduled Tribes continue to get the same level of reservation.”
He said: ‘The UT administration is committed to building a J&K which focuses on balanced development and benefits all sections of society with the mantra of inclusive development.”
LG further said: “ I also appeal to the people and community elders to discharge their responsibilities well and counter any misinformation being spread by miscreants on the level of reservation to the communities.”
He said: “I reiterate that the inclusion of new communities in the list of Scheduled Tribes will not impact the current level of reservations available to the existing Scheduled Tribe communities such as Gujjars and Bakarwals.”