After the Lok Sabha passed the Amendment Bill on Tuesday, Rajya Sabha also passed the same on Wednesday guaranteeing 10% quota in education and government jobs for the ‘economically weak’ people across castes and religions.
The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill was introduced by Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot, who later in his reply said that the existing reservation to the SCs, STs and OBCs would not be touched by the amendment. The bill was passed with 165 members supporting it and 7 members opposing it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi were also present when the voting took place in Rajya Sabha.
The amendment bill is expected to benefit a huge section of upper castes including Brahmins, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Marathas, Bhumihars, and several traders belonging to the Kapu and Kamma communities.
While clarifying the Bill provision in Rajya Sabha Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said “the reservation would be applicable to jobs in both Central and State governments, adding that the legislation gave powers to States determining the economic criteria for identification of beneficiaries.”
At the timing of passing the Amendment bill Law Minister said “We have come late. Better late than never. Parliament is scripting history .If you are supporting,support wholeheartedly. Why ifs and buts.”
The Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh said : “People earning less than Rs. 8 lakh a year would get 10 per cent quota, but the rest of the upper castes will get 40 per cent seats.”
At the time of Passing the bill , the noted Lawyer Kapil Sibbal questioned Rajya Sabha that : “How many people have 5 acres of land, 100-yard plot, 1,000 sq ft house. Have you collected any data ?
Kapil Sibbal also claimed that the central government has managed to create only 45,000 jobs annually in the last five years .”If you give 10 per cent reservation, you will give 4,500 jobs.You brought this bill to benefit 4,500 people?”
After Rajya Sabha cleared bill to introduce 10% quota for poorer sections PM Narendra Modi mentioned that “It is Victory for social justice”.