Rajya Sabha approved amending the Constitution to provide 10 per cent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education. This is Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019, the Rajya Sabha passed the law with 165 voting in favour and 7 against.
Earlier this bill has been approved in Lok Sabha then Yesterday in Rajya Sabha. Now. in the last leg of the legislative process, the Bill will now go to the President for approval.
After the approval of president, 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. So, the quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation to SCs, STs and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
Replying to nearly eight hour long debate in Rajya Sabha, Social Justice and Emowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot asked Congress how it would have implemented the promise it made in its election manifesto of giving giving reservation to poor of general category but by amending the Constitution.
He said reservation to SC, ST and OBCs will not be touched by the amendment and opposition parties should have supported the legislation 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.
While opposition parties questioned the motive behind bringing the legislation just four months before the general elections, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad used cricketing anology to justify the move saying ‘sixes are hit only in the slog overs’ and said more such “sixers” are in the pipeline.