The Union Cabinet has approved the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019.
The bill provides up to 10% reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections(EWS) in educational institutions and public employment alongside existing reservations in the state.
The 10% quota Bill to economically weaker sections was introduced through the 103rd Constitution Amendment in January,2019.
The Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act provides for 10% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for the economically weaker section in the unreserved category
The Act amends Article 15 and 16 to provide for reservation based on economic backwardness.
The criteria for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) includes a) annual income below Rs 8 lakh; b) agriculture land below 5 acres; c) residential house below 1,000 sq.ft; d) residential plot below 100 yards in notified municipality and residential plot below 200 yards in non-notified municipality area.