Kashmiri-migrants to get benefits even living in any State

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Jammu: In a controversial order, the State Government today allowed reservation benefits of Backward Areas and Line of Control (LoC) to all Kashmiri migrants even if they have settled outside the State while denying similar benefits to the people of International Border, which falls only in Jammu division, who have faced the brunt of Pakistan shelling as they would get reservations in case of shifting from one place to another only within the respective division.

An official order issued by the State Government today substituted a new paragraph to Clause-III of Rule 21 of Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Rules.
The Government order stated that a person who has migrated from Kashmir division (i.e. all Kashmiri migrants) for security reasons will not be disentitled from claiming the reservation benefits of Backward Area, LoC/ International Border even if he/ she had migrated outside the Division or even the State.

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This, sources told the Excelsior, will make Kashmiri migrants eligible to benefits of reservations of Backward Areas and LoC/IB in Government jobs, educational institutions etc even if they have settled not only in Jammu/Ladakh (the two other divisions of the State) but also if they were putting up in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru or any other part of the country.

“The only rider for availing such reservations for the Kashmiri migrants is that they should have been registered as a migrant with the office of Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Migrants), Jammu,” the Government order issued today by the Social Welfare Department vide SRO No. 321, said.

Surprisingly, the Government has not extended similar benefits to the people of Backward Areas, LoC or International Border, who were not the Kashmiri migrants.

“The people of Backward Areas, LoC and International Border will not be disentitled from claiming the benefit of reservations on account of employment, business, other professional or vocational reasons or migration from one place to another place within the respective division due to security reasons,” the Government order read.