Union Cabinet approves Constitution amendment to pave way for 10% quota to EWS in J&K

File photo of Arun Jaitley. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 28, 2019, 10.52 PM (IST)

Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday addressed a joint press conference on key decisions taken by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi this evening. 

The Centre has taken a decision to approve 10 per cent quota for the general category poor.

The government also gave its nod to the promulgation of an ordinance for giving reservation benefits to SCs and STs in Jammu and Kashmir by amending a clause of the contentious Article 370, which gives special status to the state.

Both the decisions were taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

"It will serve the purpose of application of relevant provisions of the Constitution of India, as amended through the Constitution (Seventy-Seventh Amendment) Act, 1995 and Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019 for Jammu and Kashmir, by issuing the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019 by the President under clause (1) of Article 370," he said.

The ordinance will have to be promulgated by the President.

(With inputs from PTI)