Jammu, Apr 9: The Jammu Kashmir Legislative Assembly passed the controversial inter-district recruitment bill on Friday, Apr 9.
The bill, which aims at banning inter-district recruitment in the state, was passed by a voice vote.
The bill led to a Jammu-Kashmir Valley divide as Jammu-based parties such as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party protested against it while the bill saw support from valley-based parties such as the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PD).
The objecting faction raised a cry about the fact that the bill denies jobs to Scheduled Caste candidates despite the reservation at the district level. The protesting parties also argued that the bill overturns the constitutional provision of reservation of jobs for the marginalized.
The parties supporting the bill, on the other hand, favoured the passage of the bill aimed at banning inter-district recruitment as it limits employment opportunities for Kashmiri youngsters due to the Scheduled Caste reservation.