ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS In a major announcement, Union Home Minister Amit Shah promised reservations for Jammu and Kashmir's Pahari community on Tuesday. While addressing the rally in Rajouri, Shah also said that the Gujjar, and Bakerwal communities in Jammu and Kashmir will get reservation benefits with the recommendations of the Justice Sharma Commission.
The Sharma Commission has examined the issues of the quota and the recommendations included adding the Paharis, Bakerwal and Gujjars for ST quota benefits.
Pahari community is a linguistic group mainly residing in the Pir Panjal valley comprising Rajouri and Poonch districts in Jammu and Kashmir. They have been demanding ST status for a long time.
"There will not be any decline in the ST quota of Gujjars, Bakerwals and Paharis. Everyone will get their share," said Shah during the rally.
The abrogation of Article 370 in 2019 has paved the way for providing reservation benefits to the deprived sections of the society in Jammu and Kashmir, he said.
The Justice Sharma Commission's recommendations on the communities have been received and soon after completion of legal procedures, they will get the reservation benefits, said Shah.
Coming down heavily on the Opposition in Jammu and Kashmir, Shah said earlier just three political families used to rule the erstwhile state, but now the power is with 30,000 people who were elected to panchayats and district councils through fair elections.
He said the development of Jammu and Kashmir is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's priority. "Earlier, all money sent by the Centre for development was usurped by a few, but now everything is spent on people's welfare," he said.
He also said the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir is far better now than earlier due to the strong action taken against terrorists by the Modi government. "As a result, the death toll of security forces has come down from 1,200 every year to 136 this year," he said.