Political Compulsions


To get rid of the political compulsions, which desist periodic revision of the pockets notified as Reserved Backward Area (RBA) even after more than 10 years, the State Government is contemplating to vest the J&K Commission for the Backward Classes with powers to exclude the areas now cease to be RBA in respect of development but still enjoying the benefit of reservation. Government is mulling amendment in the J&K State Commission for Backward Classes Act, for which a proposal is under active consideration for further action. There will be amendment in Section 11 of the JK SCBC Act, which presently empowers the State Government to undertake revision of the RBA pockets, which are no more backward. Pertinent to mention that periodic revision of the pockets falling under RBA has never been done ever since the Backward Classes Commission came into existence 23 years back even as there is provision for the same after every succeeding period of 10 years as per Section 11 of the Act. There are a number of pockets and areas, which are presently more developed and equipped with all the basic facilities but still enjoying the benefits of RBA because of no periodic revision of the lists owing to political reasons. Besides whole districts of Kargil and Leh, there are 2638 villages in the State, which have been so far notified as RBA while representations from more than eight hundred villages are under consideration of the State Backward Classes Commission for being declared as RBA. There are total 6553 villages in Jammu and Kashmir.
As per Section 11 of the J&K State Backward Classes Commission Act, the State Government may at any time, and shall, at the expiration of 10 years from coming into force of this Act and every succeeding period of 10 years thereafter, undertake revision of the lists with a view to excluding from such lists those classes who have ceased to be backward classes or for including in such lists new backward classes. Because of political reasons and compulsions, no Government could dare to revise the lists thus enabling certain areas, which are no more backward in any respect, continue to avail the benefit of reservation at the cost of those deserving the same. To get rid of this political compulsion, which has been desisting the Government to affect periodic revision of the lists, a proposal is learnt to have been mooted to vest the JKSCBC with the sole powers to de-notify RBA pockets, which cease to be so in the opinion of the Commission.

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