10% quota for General Category Poor almost done
Parliament clears amendment Bill
Presidential approval next step before it becomes law
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New Delhi, January 9: Parliament today approved amending the Constitution to provide 10 per cent reservation to General Category poor in jobs and education, with the government terming the landmark move a “slog over sixes”. A day after the Lok Sabha approved the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019, the Rajya Sabha passed the law with 165 voting in favour and seven against. In the last leg of the legislative process, the Bill will now go to the President for approval. And once it gets his assent, it will become the law that will give economically weaker sections in the General Category 10 per cent reservation in education as well as Central and state government jobs.
The Bill was approved after the House rejected a motion moved by Kanimozhi (DMK) and supported by Left parties for sending it to a parliamentary select committee for scrutiny. Against 18 members supporting, 155 opposed it and one member abstained. The Bill was approved after the House rejected five amendments moved by Opposition members.
The quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation to SCs, STs and OBCs. Replying to the nearly eight-hour debate in the Rajya Sabha, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot asked Congress how it would have implemented the promise it made in its election manifesto of giving reservation to poor of General Category but by amending the Constitution.
He said reservation to SC, ST and OBCs would not be touched by the amendment and Opposition parties should have supported the legislation, but without any ifs and buts. The changes in the Constitution being made to provide the reservation will hold scrutiny of the Supreme Court, he hoped. “Filling up of jobs reserved for SC/STs and OBCs is an ongoing process,” he said, adding: “The Bill is an attempt to benefit poor of General Category who have been deprived so far.” While the Opposition questioned the motive behind bringing the legislation just four months before the General Election, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad used cricketing analogy to justify the move: “Sixes are hit only in the slog overs and more are in the pipeline.”
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