Centre's 10% Quota For Economically Weak Clears Parliament Test: 10 Facts : Quota bill: Rajya Sabha approves 10 per cent reservation for upper caste poor
After the Constitution amendment bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, it was presented in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The bill seeks to amend Article 15 and 16 of the Constitution to enable 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections from the general category. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who laid foundation stone for various development projects, including the four-laned Solapur-Tuljapur-Osmanabad section of NH-211 in Solapur, Maharashtra, termed the bill a "landmark moment in our nation's history" on Tuesday. The bill provides reservation in the central as well as educational government jobs, which also includes private higher educational institutions, to those belonging to the economically weaker sections from the upper castes.
After more than a 10-hour long debate, the Reservation bill was finally passed unanimously by the upper house of the Parliament. Rajya Sabha approved the necessary amendments in the Constitution to allow for a 10 per cent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education.
“The slog overs have started and this is just the first six,” Union Minister for Law Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Rajya Sabha, adding, “many more are to follow.”
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and chief of the Republican Party of India, went a step further and admitted that the bill was introduced in a bid to win election. “We will do what we can, those in opposition should do what is in their capacity to win the elections.”
The upper House approved The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019, with 165 voting in favour and 7 against. It will now go to the President for his approval upon which it will become law
A day after it was passed in the Lok Sabha, the Government's bill allowing for 10 percent quota to economically poor candidates form the general category was also passed in the Rajya Sabha. The quota is over and above 50 percent mandated for the SCs, STs and the OBCs.
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