Lok Sabha passes quota bill


New Delhi, Jan 8 : After much debate, the Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the constitutional amendment Bill introduced by the NDA government to provide 10 per cent quota in jobs and education to general category candidates who belong to economically weaker sections.

The bill stands a fair chance in Rajya Sabha, where it is likely to be presented tomorrow.

Lok Sabha passed Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019. The bill will provide reservation for economically weaker section of the society in higher educational institutions.

The Quota bill was passed with 323 ‘ayes’ and three ‘Nos’. The bill is expected to benefit a huge section of upper castes including Brahmins, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Marathas, Bhumihars, and several trading castes including Kapus and Kammas. The economically deprived among poor among the other religions will also benefit.

Earlier, the Union Cabinet approved a landmark proposal to provide 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and education to “economically weaker” sections in the General category, a Constitutional Amendment Bill was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.

The proposed quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation that has been granted to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said the quota bill, which seeks to grant 10 percent reservation in jobs and employment to upper castes, is a fraud on the Constitution. Owaisi pointed out that the Constitution does not recognise economic backwardness and that it is an insult to Ambedkar.

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