Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Council, which has been in existence for 70 years, was abolished recently as per Section 57 of the J&K Reorganisation Bill, 2019, which reduced the State to the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.

The Council, which had a strength of 36 members, also used to be a part of the electoral college for the Rajya Sabha elections.

What are the directions for now?

  1. A spokesman of the General Administration Department (GAD) said all the staff members of the Council shall report to the GAD by October 22. There are 116 employees working with the Council since the first Constituent Assembly came into being in 1957.
  1. The Secretary of the Council has been directed to transfer all records pertaining to the Council Secretariat, including related legislative business, to the Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.

J&K Reorganisation Bill 2019 was passed by the parliament in the first week of August. J&K and Ladakh will be a UT from November 1.

Source: The Hindu

Relevant for: GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance