In a historic move, Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a constitutional amendment bill to provide 10 percent reservation to economic backward people in general category. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha yesterday.
The economic backward across castes and religions will get reservation in education and government jobs.
165 members Voted in the favor of the bill and 7 members voted against it.
“Passage of The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in both Houses of Parliament is a victory for social justice. It ensures a wider canvas for our Yuva Shakti to showcase their prowess and contribute towards India’s transformation,” PM Modi said after the bill was passed.
Before the bill was passed the voting was done on Congress’ demand to send the bill to select committee. Congress only got 18 votes in support of while 155 members were against it.
Congress leader Kapil Sibal asked the Government if it has collected any demographic data on EWS and what would happen in states where dalits and OBCs are in majority. “How many people have 5 acres of land, 100 yard plot, 1,000 sq ft house. Have you collected any data? It took 10 years to implement the Mandal Commission report (on reservation to SC/ST). Now you want to pass the bill in a day without any data,” Sibal said in Rajya Sabha.
The Congress, DMK, RJD and Aam Aadmi Party were in the well of the house and continued to raise slogans against the government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was himself present in the Rajya Sabha when the voting took place.
The 10 percent reservation is over and above the 50 percent reservation already available to SC/ST and Other Backward Castes.