Jammu, Jan 30: Minister for Social Welfare, Mr Sajad Gani Lone informed the House that reservation benefits are being provided to the inhabitants living alongside the International Border as per the eligibility criteria available under the provisions of J&K Reservation Act/Rules.
Replying to a question by Mr. Sat Pal Sharma, the Minister however said the benefits of reservations cannot be extended to them at par with the people living along Line of Actual Control (LoC) as per the Rules in vogue.
The Minister informed that in view of persistent demand of the people living along International Border, a proposal with regard to extension of benefits under the provisions of Backward Area Act is under examination of the J&K State Commission for Backward Classes and Government will take appropriate action when recommendations come.
Mr. Lone further said that an inclusive survey has been undertaken by the Department to address the genuine issues and grievances of people living alongside International Boarder and LoC.
Mr Kuldeep Raj, Mr. Rajiv Jasrotia and Mr Javid Ahmad Rana raised supplementary questions to the main question and drew the attention of the Government towards the plight of border people in the backdrop of constant cross border firing. They sought a concrete policy for their rehabilitation.