Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the bill to give constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC), making it a body with full powers to safeguard the rights and interests of Other Backward Classes.
This came a day after the Union Cabinet approved an amendment to The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. “The Union Cabinet has approved the restoration of the existing Act. The prime minister has already assured that the government will not allow dilution of the Act. We will introduce the Bill in the current session,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.
Singh was responding to Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge’s statement that the government is yet to nullify the Supreme Court’s order on the SC/ST Act.
The proposed Constitutional amendment bill was first introduced and passed in the Lok Sabha. The Rajya Sabha then passed the bill but with certain amendments. This resulted in two different versions of the bill being passed by the two houses. Therefore, the bill will now have to be reintroduced in the Lok Sabha.