10 Per Cent Quota For Economically Weak Clears Parliament Test: 10 Points

A proposed law to provide 10 per cent quota in jobs and education for people from general category, who also belong to the economically weaker sections, got a green signal from the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The demand by some opposition parties that it be sent to a select committee for scrutiny, was turned down. The bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, will now have to be signed off by the President. Most parties have called the government's move a political stunt ahead of the national elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who called the law a "victory for social justice", pointed out that elections are held in the country every few months.

The Rajya Sabha passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019, with 165 'ayes'. Only 7 lawmakers voted against it. In the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the bill had the support of 323 lawmakers, only three lawmakers were against it.
The bill is expected to benefit a huge section of upper castes -- including Brahmins, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Marathas, Bhumihars, and several traders belonging to the Kapu and Kamma communities. The economically deprived among the other religions will also benefit.


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