Rajya Sabha Passes Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021

The Rajya Sabha have cleared The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 by voice vote on February 8, 2021.

Highlights

  • The bill seeks to replace the ordinance to merge the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) cadre and the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre of civil services officer.
  • This Bill was recently introduced in the Upper House of the parliament.
  • The bill will also increase the strength of officers in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Leh.

Background

The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 has been passed in the line of the enactment of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 in the Jammu & Kashmir after revocation of the Article 370 in the region. The act of 2019 had reconstituted the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories namely, the Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, on 31 October 2019. It has reconstituted that area of the J&K that has always been a part of the larger region of Kashmir which is the disputed between India, Pakistan, and China

Voice Vote

Voice Vote is a voting method in parliamentary procedure in which vote is taken on a topic or motion orally. It is the simplest and quickest of voting methods that are used by deliberative assemblies. Firstly, the presiding officer or chair of the assembly puts the question to the assembly. Then ask for all those in favour of the motion to say orally (“aye” or “yea”). Later, he asks for all those who opposed the motion to say orally (“no” or “nay”). The presiding officer then count on each side and state the result. Voice votes have disadvantages because the volume of the voices is only estimated but it is not actually measured with sound level meters.

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