LS passes Teacher Quota Bill for Varsities, Ordinance replaced

LS passes Teacher Quota Bill for Varsities, Ordinance replaced

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New Delhi, July 1 : The Lok Sabha on Monday gave its nod to The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill with the government asserting that the new legislative initiative will play a pivotal role in taking Indian education system to a newer height and also ensure justice for the weaker sections.

"We have been sensitive to the issue of education and the rights of the weaker sections....We have not delayed the issue. Rather I wish you (opposition members) would have congratulated us for being sensitive to the issues," Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said in the Lok Sabha responding to about four hour long debate on the matter.As the Bill was being passed and members were raising 'aye' slogans, BSP member Ritesh Pandey said the Speaker Om Birla should rule that the Bill was passed unanimously.

The new draft law replaces an Ordinance that was promulgated on March 7, 2019.
According to official sources, the Bill provides for reservation of teaching positions in central educational institutions for persons belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and socially and educationally backward classes and also the economically weaker sections.Mr Pokhriyal also said without this bill - on the whole there were over three lakh vacant slot for teachers and others in universities across the country including the private varsities.

This bill will play a salutatory role in bringing a major transition in the country's education and will have a long term impact, he said.The statutory resolution moved by Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was negated by voice vote. In his response, Mr Pokhriyal also said that in thelast few years the Indian education system has undergone qualitative changes and IIT, Delhi, IIT, Mumbai and IISC, Bengaluru have been recognised as premier institutes worldwide and have been listed among the top 200 institutes.

Earlier during the opposition Congress made blistering attack on the Modi government for depending on the Ordinance route to bring in new laws in the country and said the ruling dispensation is using the executive powers to bulldoze the legislative powers of the House.The observation was made by Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in the Lok Sabha."This government already tops the list in bringing in Ordinances to make new laws," he said."This government has brought four Ordinances for every ten Bills," Mr Chowdhury said.Mr Chowdury said - it appeared the government is using the Ordinance route as often a defence contingent uses the 'guns' those come out of 'Ordnance factories' to silence the opponents.

Mr Chowdhury said the government decision to issue an Ordinance on the subject in March this year just on the eve of elections was politically motivated.At one point when Mr Chowdhury tried to compare Ordinance with 'ordnance factories' - even Mr Bhartruhari Mahatab, who was on the chair, remarked, "I (the alphabet) is missing".Mr Chowdhury said the Congress party is not opposed to the content of the Bill per se as it seeks to guarantee reservation to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, but it is definitely against the Ordinance route.

Piloting the Bill, the Union HRD Minister also said the crux of the issue remains in the debate whether University should be considered a unit to work out and implement reservation policies for the teaching and non teaching staff or it should be based on various departments.BJP member Vishnu Dayal Ram from Palamu Jharkhand supported the Bill and asserted that the Modi government and his party were firm about ensuring reservation for the weaker sections of the society."I am saying this because the Constitution says so," he said and maintained that time and again campaign has been launched against BJP that it is against reservation policies.

The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha on June 27.Among others A Raja (DMK), Congress member K Suresh and Pratima Mondal (Trinamool Congress) participated in the debate."The Ordinance was brought on March 7 just three days before the announcement of polls and this cannot be mere coincidence," said Ms Mondal.(UNI)