Parliament Winter Session 2019 Highlights: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed The Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill, 2019 that is aimed at extending SC-ST quota in legislatures. The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Monday. It amends provisions related to reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). The Bill seeks to extend the reservation for SCs and STs by another 10 years till January 25, 2030.
In another development, the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be again introduced in Rajya Sabha at 2 PM Wednesday. The Lok Sabha Monday passed the Bill with 311 votes in favour and 80 against. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who tabled the Bill earlier in the day, said it was not in violation of constitutional provisions and would provide relief to people living a painful life after facing persecution in neighbouring countries. The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there.
In Rajya Sabha today, Shah also said a decision on releasing detained political leaders, including three former chief ministers, in Jammu and Kashmir will be taken by the local administration and the central government will not interfere in the matter. The minister’s statement came after Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asked the government when political leaders, including sitting member and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, would be released.