Big News: Parliament passes upper caste quota Bill

 SMTV Desk 2019-01-10 12:33:16  Parliament,Upper quota bill, Modi. Rajya sabha
Big News: Parliament passes upper caste quota Bill

New Delhi, January 10: Here is the good news for the upper caste people as the Rajya Sabha passes bill to provide 10% reservation to the economically backward: The prime minister described the passage of the bill as a ‘victory for social justice’.

In this regard, the Parliament on passed a landmark Constitution amendment bill providing for 10 per cent reservation to upper castes in government jobs and higher educational institutions, with the Rajya Sabha voting it late in the night after rejecting a demand for referring it to a select committee for detailed scrutiny.

The House passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 -- which was adopted by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday -- with 165 members in its favour and seven against it in a division amidst broad support from the Congress and other opposition parties despite their reservations over its constitutional validity and the timing in view of the approaching elections.

Earlier, the House rejected an amendment moved by DMK member Kanimozhi and CPI(M) s T.K. Rangarajan for referring the bill to a select committee for indepth scrutiny, with 155 voting against it and 18 for in a House of 244. Several other opposition amendments were also negatived. A constitutional amendment needs a special majority of more than half of the House present and two-thirds of those present voting in favour of it.

The AIADMK, which is friendly with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), staged a walkout opposing the Bill with its member A. Navaneethakrishnan saying it violated the basic structure of the Constitution.