LG led Admin Council amends J&K Reservation Rules; over 9L Pahari speaking people to be benefited
Jammu, Jan 30: In
a major decision aiming to rationalize the existing reservation policy and give
representation to Pahari Speaking People, the Administrative Council which met
under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, G.C Murmu has approved several
Amendments in the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Rules, 2005.
There are around
9.6 lakh Pahari Speaking People across Jammu and Kashmir spread over mainly in
Rajouri, Poonch, Baramulla (Uri and Boniyar), Kupwara (Karna and Keran) and
pockets of Anantnag, Budgam, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Pulwama and
Shopian. Following the reorganization of
the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into the Union Territories of Jammu
and Kashmir and Ladakh and enactment of the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation
(Amendment) Act, 2004, it had become imperative to rationalize the existing
reservation percentages to give representation to the PSP in the matters
thereto. For this purpose, necessary
amendments have been approved in the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Rules, 2005
to include PSP in the category of socially and educationally backward classes.
As per the extant
reservation rules, the percentage of reservation in direct recruitments is 8
percent to Scheduled Castes (SCs), 10 percent to Scheduled Tribes (STs), 2
percent to Weaker and under privileged Classes (Social Caste), 3 percent to
Residents of areas adjoining Line of Actual Control (ALC)/International Border
(IB), 20 percent to Residents of
backward areas (RBA). There is also a
horizontal reservation of 6 percent available to Ex-Servicemen and 3 percent to
Physically Challenged Persons (PHC).
Council after due consideration decided to rationalize the percentages of
reservation in direct recruitment, admission in professional institutions and
distribution of seats in professional institutions at the PG level in Medical,
Engineering, Agriculture and similar other post graduate courses. In direct recruitment, there will now be
reservation of 8 percent to SCs, 10 percent to STs, 4 percent to Social Caste,
4 percent to Residents of ALC/IB, 10 percent to RBA, 4 percent to PSP and 10
percent to EWSs. A horizontal
reservation of 6 percent will be available to Ex-Servicemen and 4 percent to
For admission in
Professional Institutions, the reservation percentages will now be 8% to SCs,
10% to STs, 4% to Social Caste, 4% to ALC, 10% to RBA, 4% to PSP and 10% to
EWSs. A horizontal reservation of 4%
will be available to PHCs.
For post graduate
courses in MD/MS/M.Tech., Engineering and Agricultural Sciences and similar
other postgraduate courses, the revised distribution of seats will be 8 percent
to SCs, 10 percent to STs, 10 percent to RBA, 4 percent to ALC/IB, 4 percent to
Social Caste, 4 percent to PSP, 2 percent to Children of Defence Personnel/Para-military
forces and J&K Police Personnel, 1 percent to candidates possessing
outstanding proficiency in sports and 10 percent to EWSs.
For claiming the
benefit of PSP Category, a person must be a member of the Pahari Clan,
Community or Tribe having distinct cultural, ethnic and linguistic identity;
must be speaking Pahari language and his/her mother tongue must be Pahari. He/She must possess a valid identity proof
which can be either Aadhar Card or Domicile Certificate. Tehsildar shall be competent authority to
certify the claim of persons belonging to PSP.
Council has directed the Social Welfare Department to redraw the reservation
roster upon fixation of the new percentages.
The decision will
not only help to rationalize the reservations across Jammu and Kashmir but will
also give equitable representation to the Members of Pahari Community thereby
meeting their long pending demand.