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PM Modi hails passing of General Category Quota Bill in Parliament

PM Modi said the bill "ensures a wider canvas for our Yuva Shakti to showcase their prowess and contribute towards India’s transformation". The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, seeking to provide 10 per cent reservation to the economically weaker sections among general category, was passed in the Rajya Sabha Wednesday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 10, 2019 12:54:47 am
reservation quota bill in lok saba, parliament, today PM Modi said he was glad to see such widespread support for the Bill. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed delight over the passing of the General Category Quota Bill, saying that the government has paid tributes to the makers of the Consitution and the great freedom fighters. He said the bill “ensures a wider canvas for our Yuva Shakti to showcase their prowess and contribute towards India’s transformation”.

The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, seeking to provide 10 per cent reservation to the economically weaker sections among general category, was passed in the Rajya Sabha Wednesday. The Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha yesterday, was cleared in the Upper House today with 165 votes.

The bill was passed on the last day of the winter session of the Lower House on Tuesday with 323 votes in favour and just three against.

DMK leader Kanimozhi pressed for the quota bill be sent to the select committee first before being presented in the Parliament. However, her proposal failed to get the required votes in favour.

The Bill, providing 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections was supported by all major parties, even as opposition raised questions about the haste shown by the government months ahead of Lok Sabha polls and about the judicial scrutiny of the new legislation.

While few parties such as RJD and AIADMK opposed it and AAP abstained from the voting on the bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, the main opposition party Congress and several others including SP, BSP and TMC voted in support, even as many wondered how it will benefit the people when jobs were shrinking.

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel termed the bill as an “election gimmick” and expressed concern over its implementation as it was brought in haste.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh who abstained from the voting, described it as stabbing knife in back of common man, reports PTI.

Parliament Wednesday approved amending the Constitution to provide 10 per cent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education with the government terming the landmark move as “slog over sixes”.

In the last leg of the legislative process, the bill will now go to the President for approval.

-With PTI inputs

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