Srinagar, July 22, CNS: Despite State Administrative Council (SAC), headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik, having approved Jammu & Kashmir Reservation (second amendment) Bill 2019, but pending the nod from the Parliament for implementation, the candidates who fall under this category are left in desperation, since they fear to lose the privilege this year.
The Reservation Act for incorporating provisions for implementation of 103rd amendment of Indian constitution will provide 10% reservation to economically weaker sections (EWS) in educational institutions and direct recruitment in civil posts and the services, not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs/ STs and OBCs.
Since Jammu and Kashmir is under President’s rule, mere approval from the State Administrative Council, headed by Governor Staya Pal Malik, will not clear the impediment for the application of the amendment till the Parliament gives it a nod.
A group of such aspirants told CNS that they have moved from pillar to post to beg the authorities to take the matter with the Central Government, to clear the way for the implementation of the said amendment in Reservation Act, so that they are eligible to apply for different streams under EWS category or otherwise they will not only lose an opportunity to get selected, but will also lose one precious academic year if selected.
Speaking to CNS about the issue, BOPEE Chairman Mohammad Ashraf Bukhari said that it is not within the jurisdiction of Board to take a call on the issue, till there is a directive from the Government.
“Board has to follow the rules and regulations notified by the Government. Board shall subject to time schedule and amendments required in law on the subject to take further action in the matter.” he said.
He added that government has to amend the rules and board has no role till that time.
When contacted Financial Commissioner Atul Dulloo, who holds the charge of Health and Medical Education as well said that Government is on the job and State Social Welfare department is working on the issue.
On the other hand the last day for completion of admission in MBBS, which has been fixed for 12th August, 2019, is fast approaching and with a pending nod from the Parliament the aspirants falling under amended category are finding themselves caught between a rock and hard place. Many feel that in absence of the nod from the Parliament, they will lose the opportunity to secure admission in MBBS under EWS quota.
Pertinently under the amended Reservation Act about 85 seats are reserved for EWS category and 13 seats for BDS. (CNS)