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What Is Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021?



Recently the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was passed in both the houses of the Parliament. So, what are the details of the bill?


The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 brings amendment to The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 which provided for the bifurcation of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The Bill also leads to repealment of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021.


The Bill states and provides that the members of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFS) serving in Jammu and Kashmir would continue to serve in the two Union Territories(Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh), based on the allocation decided by the Central government.

It also seeks to merge the existing cadre of IAS of Jammu and Kashmir with those of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram, and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre. This shall enable the government to depute IAS, IPS officers and others from all Union Territories. 

Speaking for the Bill, Home Minister, Amit Shah said the Opposition should not politicise Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. "If you want a political fight, come in the ring and let's compete. Nobody is scared. It (Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh) is a sensitive part of our country. They have been hurt and have doubts. This House's responsibility is to comfort them, not scrape their wounds."

Amit Shah also said that the Bill is no way related to the matter of statehood and also the statehood will be provided to Jammu and Kashmir when the appropriate time arrives. He said, Speaking in favour of the Bill, Amit Shah said the Opposition should not politicise J&K and Ladakh. "If you want a political fight, come in the ring and let's compete. Nobody is scared. It J&K and Ladakh) is a sensitive part of our country. They have been hurt and have doubts. This House's responsibility is to comfort them, not scrape their wounds".

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