Union Home Minister Amit Shah announces that Pahari Community in Jammu and Kashmir will get a Scheduled Tribe (ST) status and political reservations before Assembly elections. The abolition of Articles 370 and 35A in August 2019 paved the way for providing reservations to deprived sections of Jammu and Kashmir.
Key Points related to Announcement of ST status in J&K
- The ST quota in J&K carries 7% spots in government jobs and educational institutions.
- The Gujjars and Bakerwals community were getting ST benefits since 1991.
- The Paharis were given a 4 percent quota in the OBC category from January 2020.
- The Centre formed the Justice Sharma Commission in March 2020, however it seemed to upset the Gujjars and Bakerwals.
- There were also protests performed by the Gujjars and Bakerwals in Jammu and Kashmir regarding the implementation of Status to Paharis.
- 40 percent of the population in the border districts are Gujjar and Bakerwal, and Paharia lives in a few numbers.
- PM Narendra Modi has promised to invest Rs 56,000 crore for the overall development.