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Vohra is aware of problems of IB dwellers and hence reservations
8/13/2018 11:49:22 PM
It is for the Government run by Gov
ernor, N.N.Vohra, to accept or reject the report of the State Commission for Backward classes for granting three per cent reservation to the people, living on the International Border, like the one living on the LoC.
Though for the last several years people living on this side of the International Border have borne the brunt of Pakistani Rangers regular ceasefire violations in which several people were killed and others were injured forcing several thousand IB dwellers to migrate to safer places. Now it is seems that indications are from the Rajya Bhawan that Vohra is favouring reservation to the IB dwellers and that should have been the reason for the State Commission for Backward Classes (SCBC) has prepared a comprehensive draft to extend reservation to the people living near the International Border (IB) at par with the population residing near the Line of Control (LoC).
The draft would be forwarded to the state government within a week for issuing an order to entitle IB dwellers to three per cent reservation in government jobs. The quota is already available to people living along the LoC. The SCBC chairman is likely to visit Jammu on Monday to finalise the draft by incorporating the demands raised by legislators and panchayat members of the border belts from time to time. The commission has been preparing the draft since the last month because a number of delegations of IB dwellers have given their representations and demanded treatment at par with the LoC residents, Following the failure of the political leadership, the IB residents had approached the commission for justice. The proposal, if accepted by the state government, would fulfil a long-pending demand of over three lakh population of the plains of south Jammu comprising Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts.
Starting from Paharpur of Kathua to the 'chicken neck area' to the Pargwal sector of Jammu district, the 198-km IB with Pakistan has witnessed bloodshed and destruction since long. But during the past one decade, the intensity of shelling and firing has increased manifold due to hostile relations between India and Pakistan. During the 2014 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, the BJP had promised to extend reservations to the IB areas but it remained only on paper. On February 10, this year the J&K Legislative Assembly had passed a Bill to extend reservation benefit to the Pahari-speaking people in the state but IB dwellers were ignored. What should have happened during the BJP-PDP coalition Government is being done under the Governor's rule indicating that Governor seems to be aware of the problems and difficulties of the border villagers.
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