New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019. (Also read: Cabinet Committee on Security Meets Over Pulwama Terror Attack)

“Once the Ordinance is issued, it would pave the way for bringing persons residing in the areas adjoining International Border within the ambit of reservation at par with persons living in areas adjoining Actual Line of Control,” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said by way of explanation.

Among other important decisions was the approval of the development of New Greenfield Airport at Hirasar, Rajkot, in Gujarat.

The Cabinet also approved the Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019. This would pave the way for giving the benefit of promotion in service to the SCs, STs.

It would also extend the reservation of up to 10% for economically weaker sections in educational institutions and public employment in addition to the existing reservation in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Union Cabinet has also approved investment proposal for transmission component of Arun-3 Hydro Electric Project (Nepal portion) by Sutlej Jal Vikas Nigam (SJVN) Limited.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also held at the PM’s residence to take stock of the situation as tension escalated between India and Pakistan.

Earlier this month, the Union Cabinet had approved an ordinance on triple talaq. A bill which seeks to make the practice of talaq-e-biddat void is pending in Rajya Sabha. The bill will lapse on June 3 with the dissolution of the present Lok Sabha.

Once signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, the triple talaq ordinance will come into force for the third time in less than a year. An ordinance has a shelf life of just six months. It has to be replaced by a bill passed by Parliament within 42 days from the day the session begins, or it lapses. The government can re-promulgate the ordinance if the bill fails to get through Parliament.