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Parliament Clears Bill To Provide Quota For General Category

09 January 2019


New Delhi: Parliament on Wednesday passed the Constitution amendment Bill to provide 10 per cent quota in jobs and education for economically backward sections in the general category.

The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, a day after it was passed by the Lok Sabha. The Rajya Sabha passed it after a division with 165 members voting in its favour and seven against. The House saw a lively debate which lasted over eight hours.

The general category reservation bill was passed by Lok Sabha on Tuesday. While many opposition parties had dubbed the government's move a "political gimmick" in the four-and-half-hour debate yesterday, most backed the bill, which, in a first, extends reservation to upper castes.

The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a Constitution Amendment Bill to grant 10 percent reservation in education and government jobs to economically-weaker individuals belonging to the general category, across religions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:

"Passage of The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in both Houses of Parliament is a victory for social justice. It ensures a wider canvas for our Yuva Shakti to showcase their prowess and contribute towards India's transformation."