Lok Sabha passes bill providing 10% quota for General category

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The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a landmark bill to amend the constitution by providing 10 per cent reservation in public jobs and educational institutions to “economically weaker” sections in the General category.

Narendra Modi government describe it as “historic” as most of the parties supported the bill.

“The passage of The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha is a landmark moment in our nation’s history. It sets into motion the process to achieve an effective measure that ensures justice for all sections of society,” Modi tweeted.

He thanked MPs and all the parties who supported the bill

“I thank MPs from all the parties who supported The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. I also appreciate those MP colleagues who enriched today’s debate with their views,” Modi added.

He further said, “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.”

The bill was passed with 323 members voted in favour of the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019, and three voted against it. All parties supported the Bill, barring AIMIM, which opposed, and AIADMK, which walked out. The debate went on for more than four and a half hours in Lok Sabha .

The bill is expected to benefit a huge section of upper castes including Brahmins, Marathas, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Bhumihars, and several other communities.

Prime Minister Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi were present in the House when the bill was passed.

The bill will be tabled by government in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.  The Union Cabinet had approved the bill on Monday.