Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a landmark bill to provide 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and education for the poor people of general category. This is the 124th amendment bill which has been passed by the Lok Sabha yesterday. The amendment bill was introduced by Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot.
Total 323 Lok Sabha members voted in support of the bill and only 4 members did not vote in support of the bill.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in Lok Sabha that “I request all to support the motion. The quota Bill is aimed at equality for all.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Congress President Rahul Gandhi were also present in the Lok Sabha when the voting took place.
The 10% reservation will be over and above the 50% demanded by the Supreme Court and is expected to benefit a huge section of upper castes, including Brahmins, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Marathas and Bhumihars and trading castes like Kapus and Kammas. The economically backward class people in the other religions will also be benefited.
Ramvilas Paswan, The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said, “The country is more important than caste” and demanded that reservation is extended to the private sector and juridical service. People who were opposing reservation are now part of this 10% reservation.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said “This is a fraud on Constitution and insults on Babasaheb Ambedkar. Our Constitution doesn’t recognise economically-backwards. Has the savanna ever faced untouchability? There is no empirical data to show the savanna people are backward.”
After the bill passed in Lok Sabha, PM Narendra Modi mentioned in a tweet that “I thank MPs from all the parties who supported the Bill in the Lok Sabha. I also appreciate those MP colleagues who enriched today’s debate with their views.” and also in the same tweet he mentioned that “We are resolutely committed to the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.’ It is our endeavour to ensure that every poor person, irrespective of caste or creed gets to lead a life of dignity and gets access to all possible opportunities”.