Lok Sabha Tuesday passed The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019, described as “historic” by the government, to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category.
In a landmark move just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government decided a ten per cent reservation in jobs and education for those belonging to the economically deprived sections of the Upper Castes. The government plans to amend the Constitution to introduce the change. The amendment will breach the 50 per cent cap on reservations and increase it to 60 per cent.
The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019, introduced by Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot, was cleared by majority of the members (319) voting for it, and four against. The Rajya Sabha will take it up on Wednesday.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said: “I request all to support the motion. The quota Bill is aimed at equality for all.” He said the manifestos of most parties promised quotas for the economically weaker sections, and “their commitment to their promise is put to test today.” “The Congress, in its 2014 Lok Sabha election manifesto, had promised reservation for the economically weaker sections,” he said.