Reserved category issue resonates in legislative council, elders angry with govt

Pardeep Singh Bali

Opposition supported by members from ruling PDP-BJP Tuesday today staged walkout from lower house after accusing the government of failing to take up the issue of preservation of the rights of reserved category.

Soon after the beginning of the question hour, the Lower House witnessed din after Congress Legislator, Nawang Rigzin Jora and independent legislators Deldan Namgial and MLA Kargil, Asghar Ali Karbalai created uproar and jumped in the well demanding discussion over the reservation issue.

The Congress legislators were joined by the NC legislators including Ch. Javed Rana and legislators from BJP including Neelam Langeh, Dina Nath and PDP’s Raja Manzoor who staged a sit-in inside the Well. Jora while addressing the Lower House accused the government for not following the case related to the reservation of Schedule Caste and Schedule tribe in Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

“In 2004, the late Mufti Sahab himself passed one law regarding the reserved category including RBA, Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe which guaranteed their promotion in employment and other benefits. But now this government is sending council to the court where it continues to lose the case which is a serious issue,” he said.

Jora informed that about 40 percent of the population in the state belonged to reserved category adding that government under a well-planned conspiracy was trying to attempting to suppress the rights of the people of this category. “This is a conspiracy with the people belonging to the reserved category even as more than 40 percent of state’s population belonged to this category. Government should take the matter serious and there should be a discussion on it in the House,” Jora said.

In reply, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone on the Behalf of the government said that the matter was under subjuidice in Supreme Court due to which it can’t be discussed in the House. “This matter is already subjudice and we can’t comment over it. When court gives any verdict over the issue then only it can be discussed here,” he said. The reply by the government infuriated the protesting legislators who intensified their sloganeering inside the well.

The legislators chanted slogans like ‘reserved category ke saath inssaf karo, reserved cataogy ke log ke haq aur haqooq se khilawaad kiya jara hai’. Visibly enraged the Congress legislator Rigzin Jora said they would stage Dharna against the government if it failed to preserve the rights of the reserved category.

Meanwhile there was a verbal war between Minister for Rural development Abdul Haq Khan and Deputy Speaker Nazir Gurezi regarding the viability of discussion of reservation issue in the house. Haq Khan said that there are already three petitions regarding reservation pending in the High court adding the house can’t go beyond the jurisdiction of Supreme Court.

“We can’t discuss it when the matter is sub-Judice. We can’t go beyond the jurisdiction of Supreme Court till there is some final judgement we can’t discuss it here,” he said. Responding to the minister’s claims, the deputy Speaker said that every law can be discussed in the house.  “We can discuss every law here as we are the law makers. When media has the liberty to discuss it why can’t we? It is already being discussed in parliament and we can also discuss it here?” he said.

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