The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council today passed 13 Bills, which were earlier passed by the state Assembly. Two Bills moved by the Minister for Social Welfare and Science Technology Sajad Gani Lone pertained to extending 3 per cent reservation to 'Pahari' speaking people in the state and 6 percent reservation to weaker and underprivileged sections. Lone also moved a Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1997, which seeks to extend the term of the chairman and members of the commission to 5 years. The House considered the bills and later passed them with a voice vote. The House also passed six more bills moved by the Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice Abdul Haq Khan. These included a Bill "to amend the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir" to facilitate enhancement of salary of the Chief Justice and Judges of the State High Court, aBill for the establishment Jammu and Kashmir National Law University, a Bill to facilitate setting up of J&K State Power Trading Company, 'J&K Passengers Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2018', 'J&K Motor Spirit and Diesel Oil (Taxation of Sales) (Amendment) Bill and J&K Protection of Interests of Depositors (In Financial Establishments) Bill. The House passed another Bill, moved by Agriculture Minister Ghulam Nabi Hanjura, to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989. The Minister for Agriculture, on behalf of Minister for Revenue, Hajj and Auqaf, Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri moved another Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Transfer of Property Act. The House passed the bill through voice vote. The House passed another Bill moved by the Minister of State for Transport Sunil Kumar Sharma to provide for Constitution of a State Road Safety Council and establishment of a Road Safety Fund. The House passed the Bill with a voice vote.
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