Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill introduced in RS
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Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill introduced in RS

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New Delhi, Dec 12 (UNI) The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Amendment) Bill, that seeks to extend reservation of seats in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies for SCs and STs by another ten years, was introduced in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, while introducing the Bill in the post lunch session, said the government through this Bill will extend the SCs and STs reservation which is ending on January 25, 2020 for next 10 years.

Mr Prasad, while presenting the bill, said that the government is constantly working towards giving social, economic and political equality to these communities. He expressed concern over the decrease in the population of Anglo Indian community which was one lakh 11 thousand in 1951 census but in 2011 it was reduced to only 296.

The Minister also said that the government is considering to nominate one seat in Vidhan Sabha for the Anglo Indians. During the debate, Congress MP P L Punia supporting the Bill said that in rural areas social injustice and caste difference is still prevalent. Dalits are not allowed in temples, honour killing is rampant.

Members also objected to the removal of the provision of nomination of two members of the Anglo-Indian community in the Lok Sabha from the Bill. Mr Punia said that the people of SC/ST communities are still lacked in social and economic levels in the country and are backward in development.

He said that Anglo Indian community need to be given reservation in Rajya Sabha and Legislative Councils on the lines of Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha. BJP MP Kirodi Lal Meena, participating during the debate, stated that the Bill runs contrary to the statement by b the Opposition parties that if Narendra Modi comes to power, reservations will be abolished.

"This Bill defies that," he added.

Expressing views on the Bill, TMC MP Derek o' Brien objected to Mr Prasad’s claim that there are just 296 members of the community and said that there are “several lakhs of Anglo-Indians” in the country and asked why not increase the number of years by 20 or 30. Why only by 10 years?

He said Anglo Indian community is small but with a big influence.

He also doubted the government's claim of not having a single person from this community in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarkhand, and Jharkhand.(UNI)

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