Reservation Bill Passed

Reservation Bill Passed

Recently, Indian parliament has approved the bill related to reservation given to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe communities on 12 December 2019. The Constitution Amendment (126th) bill has also been passed from the Rajya Sabha.

This bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha. In this bill, there is a provision to extend the reservation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes communities for 10 years in Lok Sabha and State Legislatures.

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The division of votes in the lower house saw 352 votes in favour of this bill and not a single vote was cast against it. The upper house got 163 votes in favour of this bill and there was not a single vote in protest. It is a Constitution Amendment Bill. It is necessary to have 50 percent of the members present in the house and to pass it with the support of two-thirds of the members present.

The present reservation bill expires on 25 January 2020. There is a provision in the bill to extend it till 25 January 2030. Reservation is included in Article 334. Article 334 says that the reservation given to Anglo-Indian, SC and ST will end after forty years. This section was incorporated in the year 1949. Even after forty years it is being revised with an extension of 10 years.

The Central Government has increased the allocation for the Scheduled Castes and Tribes sub-plan to Rs. 76 thousand crores.

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Apart from this there is a provision in the bill to abolish two seats in Parliament under Anglo Indian quota. For 70 years two members of this community have been representing the House.

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