Govt pushes Bill giving 10 per cent quota for upper castes, says it is inclusive

Govt pushes Bill giving 10 per cent quota for upper castes, says it is inclusive

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New Delhi, Jan 8 : The government on Tuesday moved the much talked about The 124th Constitutional Amendment Bill that seeks to provide 10 per cent quota in government jobs and education for "economically weaker" sections among the general category people in the Lok Sabha and exuded confidence that the new law will pass through the scrutiny of judiciary.

Piloting the Bill, Social Justice Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said the issue of reservation for the economically weaker sections have been debated in both the Houses in Private member resolution and Parliamentary Questions.

'As many as 21 times, the issue figured in Parliament in the form of Private Member Bills,' he said.

The minister said even the Mandal Commission in 1970s had made a reference that the reservation for economically weaker sections would be considered.

He said the Congress government headed by P V Narsimha Rao had tried for such a provision in 1992 and a special panel had also favoured the concept in its report presented to the Manmohan Singh government in 2010.

Congress fielded its former Union Minister K V Thomas to participate in the debate.

The government on its part fielded its vocal Minister Arun Jaitley to speak on the Bill.

Defending the provisions of the Bill, the Finance Minister said,' The Bill seeks to guarantee equality of status and opportunity to all its citizens.'

Earlier, the Bill, which was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Monday in a rather dramatic and surprise development, was introduced in the House by the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot.

Currently, there is no such reservation in the general category.

The objects and reasons of the new Bill says that : "At present, the economically weaker sections of citizens have largely remained excluded from attending the higher educational institutions and public employment on account of their financial incapacity to compete with the persons who are economically more privileged". (UNI)