Lok Sabha passes J&K Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 & J&K Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023

The Lok Sabha has passed the J&K Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 & J&K Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023. The J&K Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 expanded the meaning of term “socially & educationally backward classes” to include “weak & under-privileged classes”, comprising of people residing in villages declared as socially & educationally backward, areas adjoining the Actual Line of Control & International Border and weak and under-privileged classes (social castes), as notified by the Government. On the other hand, J&K Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 increased the total number of seats in the Legislative Assembly from 107 to 114, which would include 2 nominated seats for Kashmiri Migrants & one nominated seat from displaced persons from Pakistan occupied J&K and an amendment in number of seats reserved for people from SC & ST community.