In a significant move, Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the reservation of 24 seats in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) during the tabling of two bills in the Lok Sabha.
The bills, namely the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2023, and the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, aim to address historical injustices and provide representation to displaced communities.
Amit Shah highlighted the increase in the number of seats for Jammu and Kashmir regions, with Jammu now having 43 seats, up from 37, and Kashmir having 47 seats, up from 46. The reserved seats for POK signify India’s assertion of sovereignty over the region.
During his address in the Lok Sabha, Amit Shah emphasized the significance of the bills in granting rights and representation to the Kashmiri Pandit community, which had been displaced for the past 70 years. The legislation aims to rectify historical injustices, particularly addressing the plight of Kashmiri Pandits who were forced to live as refugees in their own country.
The Home Minister took a dig at the Congress, highlighting the era of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir after the 1980s. He criticized those who, during that period, were allegedly neglectful of their responsibilities and enjoying vacations in England.
The bills represent a crucial step towards justice and representation, addressing the long-standing issues faced by displaced communities in Jammu and Kashmir.