New Delhi, Dec 12 (GCCurrentAffairs) A Bill to extend reservation for Scheduled castes and Scheduled tribes by a further period of ten years on Thursday got the nod of parliament with the Rajya Sabha passing it by a majority of the members of the House and two thirds of those present and voting.
The Constitution (126h Amendment) Bill, 2019, moved for consideration of the House by law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, was passed by the Upper house with 163 members of the House voting in its favour.
With the Rajya Sabha passing the Bill, which has already been passed by the Lok Sabha, has got the nod from Parliament.
The Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill, 2019 seeks to extend the reservation for SCs and STs in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies by another 10 years till January 25, 2030.
The passage of the Bill came even as the Opposition, including the Congress, slammed the Government for not extending the provision of reservation in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies to the Anglo Indian community.
Expressing disappointment on the Government not extending the benefit of reservation to the Anglo Indian community, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said political empowerment is necessary for all communities and religion.
“I seek the reservation for Anglo-Indians to be taken up in Lok Sabha and Assembly. Anglo-Indians are the ones who have worked on empowerment for women,”Azad said.
Under Article 334, SC, STs and Anglo-Indians were given reservations in the legislature for 70 years, till January 25, 2020.
Responding to the debate on the Bill, the Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Government has taken several measures for the empowerment of Dalits.
On some members expressing apprehensions that reservation for scheduled tribes and scheduled castes will be ended, he said,’’Narendra Modi government will never end reservation for SCs and STs.’’
On the Opposition slamming the removal of provision of reservation for the Anglo Indian community, Prasad said,’’I acknowledge the contribution by the Anglo Indian community. However, their contribution cannot be recognised only by giving them reservation.’’
After the passage by the Rajya Sabha, the Bill would be sent to states for ratification by 50 per cent of the assemblies before it comes into force.