Parliament Highlights: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in Parliament on Monday accused the government of conspiring to end reservation for Scheduled Castes (SCs) as it had not yet filled 50 per cent vacancies under this category in all government departments. He also slammed the government for bringing an amendment bill to include seven castes in Tamil Nadu under one group of the SC list ahead of Assembly polls in the state despite the demand being made in 2015. Participating in a discussion on The Constitution (Scheduled castes) Order (Amendment) Bill 2021, Leader of Opposition Kharge said, “Reservation is ending gradually in public and private sectors. There is a 50 per cent vacancy in the SC category in every department.”
Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021 to club seven castes in poll-bound Tamil Nadu under one nomenclature of Devendrakula Vellalars. Replying to a debate on the bill, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot counted steps taken by the Narendra Modi government to give B R Ambedkar his rightful place, including completing projects conceived in his memory.
Earlier on Monday, Lok Sabha passed The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021. The Centre said the bill has been brought to end ambiguity in running the affairs of the national capital, and appealed to everyone not to term it a “political move” since it will be beneficial to the people of the city.
During a discussion on the bill, Bhagwant Mann, the sole Lok Sabha member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that governs Delhi, wondered whether the Centre wants to turn the national capital into a Union Territory without an assembly like Jammu and Kashmir. “The Delhi L-G lives in the house the Viceroy used to stay during the British rule. Maybe, the Centre wants to run Delhi through soul of Viceroy,” Mann said. The AAP MP said if the chief minister of Delhi cannot take any decision, then what’s the point of conducting assembly polls. “The Centre is a specialist in abusing the rights of states, whether it was in the case of farm laws or in running state governments through governors,” he said.