The extension of the central laws after the repeal of Section 370 has established a fair society across Jammu and Kashmir while the implementation of several legislations brings a new era of progress and development in the territory of Union, an official spokesman said on Saturday.
“With the extension of 890 central laws applicable in Jammu and Kashmir, the repeal of 205 state laws and the amendment of 129 laws after the repeal of Section 370, a fair justice system has been established in UT for all sections of the population,” the Jammu and Kashmir administration official said.
He said the rights of weaker sections like Scheduled Tribes, other traditional forest dwellers, Scheduled Castes and “safai karamcharis” are now guaranteed through the application of relevant laws. The rights of children and the elderly are now guaranteed, he added.
In order to create a fair and just society, reservation rules have been changed to extend reservation benefits to excluded categories like Pahari-speaking people and economically weaker sections, he said.
Sections of society like displaced people from occupied Pakistan-Jammu and Kashmir, Chhamb, West Pakistani refugees are receiving benefits due to the extension of central laws, he said.
For the first time, the spouse of a domicile in Jammu and Kashmir will also be considered a domicile. Previously, spouses of permanent resident card holders were considered au pairs, but not domiciles. Children of central government officials who have been in post for more than ten years in Jammu and Kashmir will also continue to be considered as domiciles, the spokesperson said.
The implementation of several innovative central pieces of legislation after the revocation of Section 370, such as the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2007, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Atrocity Prevention), among others, brings a new era of progress and development to Jammu and Kashmir, he said.
He said Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has a personal interest in tribal development and recently started the “Smart Schools” project in UT for tribal communities.
Under this first project, the modernization of 200 schools in tribal areas will be completed in 2022.
“After waiting more than 14 years, rights have been given to the tribal community through the implementation of the Forest Rights Act 2006, keeping in mind the fundamental spirit of equality and social harmony as guided by our country’s Constitution and Parliament,” Sinha said in an official statement.
The LG also said that the poor and weak sections of society had been neglected for many years in Jammu and Kashmir, but on the historic day of August 5, 2019, Sections 370 and 35A were abolished and the people obtained all constitutional rights.
“In Jammu and Kashmir, we have charted a new course of development after August 2019. For decades, the infrastructure was in tatters despite huge sums of money being sent from the Centre. The seven-decade non-development agenda in Jammu and Kashmir has mired the Union Territory in low growth syndrome,” he said.
“Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing a new dawn. Tribes are gaining land rights, 11,000 government jobs have been created in record time with full transparency, and significant steps have been taken to empower women, marginalized and weaker groups,” said Lieutenant Governor .
In a major relief for the socially and educationally backward classes, the administration of Jammu and Kashmir has raised their income cap from Rs 4.50 lakh to Rs 8 lakh, allowing them to enjoy reservation benefits as per the provisions. of the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act 2004, the spokesperson said.
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