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Parliament clears 10% quota for poor in general category, Prez nod awaited


New Delhi, Jan 9: Centres's bill allowing for 10 percent quota to economically poor candidates form the general category was also passed in the Rajya Sabha. The quota is over and above 50 percent mandated for the SCs, STs and the OBCs.

A day after Lok Sabha approved The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019, the Rajya Sabha passed the law with 165 voting in favour and 7 against.

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In the last leg of the legislative process, the Bill will now go to the President for approval. And once its gets his ascent, it will become the law that will give economically weaker sections in the general category 10 percent reservation in education as well as central and state government jobs.

It would be applicable to candidates of general category irrespective of religion. 323 lawmakers voted in favour of the bill in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, whereas only three voting against it.

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Rajya Sabha clears quota bill: Highlights

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10:26 PM, 9 Jan
10% quota bill clears Parliament test.
10:20 PM, 9 Jan
With 155 noes, the Rajya Sabha rejects proposal to send bill for scrutiny of a select committee. The motion was moved by DMK MP Kanimozhi.
9:28 PM, 9 Jan
“This is a draconian bill which is killing the spirit of constitution. This bill wouldn’t have been passed in any house if was tabled in the current form earlier,” says IUML’s Abdul wahab
9:28 PM, 9 Jan
“This bill is not going to benefit anyone. This bill is nothing but a political gimmick, which is brought at the fag end of the session just keeping elections in mind,” said TDP’s Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar
9:28 PM, 9 Jan
“The bill has been brought to end quota for dalits and other backward. This is the actual agenda of this government,” says AAP’s Sanjay Singh
9:27 PM, 9 Jan
“There should be a system wherein the meritorious students of all classes should compete under general category,” says PL Punia of Congress.
9:27 PM, 9 Jan
“A bill as important as quota bill shouldn’t be passed in haste and should be referred to a select committee,” says CPI’s D Raja.
7:04 PM, 9 Jan
Quota bill is a sixer, says Ravi Shankar Prasad.
6:38 PM, 9 Jan
“The quota bill suffers from 3 huge flaws,” said Congress’ Kapil Sibal
6:38 PM, 9 Jan
“We support the bill, but saddened by the way it has been brought. It’s a very important bill, so it should have been sent to a select committee,” Kapil Sibal
6:38 PM, 9 Jan
“Why is the Opposition is supporting the bill with ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’? Why aren’t the supporting the bill without riders as we are writing history with this bill,” said Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
6:38 PM, 9 Jan
“Everyone’s talking about the 50% cap on reservation. There’s no mention of this cap in the Constitution, it has only come up in judgments. The Supreme Court’s 50%,ceiling in fact, only applies to reservation for backward classes,” said Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
6:37 PM, 9 Jan
“Except for DMK, every party is supporting the quota bill,” said Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
6:37 PM, 9 Jan
“Economic status can not be a criteria for reservation. When you are an OBC, Dalit, you will still face discrimination. You may not be economically weak, but your caste will never leave you,” said DMK’s Kanimozhi
6:37 PM, 9 Jan
“The quota bill has been brought to make right wrong. The government thinks that they can’t decide everything unilaterally and force it upon people of this country,” said DMK’s Kanimozhi
6:36 PM, 9 Jan
“We welcome this historic bill. But, the machinery to decide who will get the benefits needs to be strengthened,” said Shiv Sena’s Anil Desai
6:35 PM, 9 Jan
RJD's Manoj Jha attacked the BJP, claiming that the reservation is not a poverty alleviation program like MNREG, but an "anti-Dalit and anti-poor" scheme.
6:35 PM, 9 Jan
CPI(M) MP Elamaram Kareem charged the BJP of robbing the country of one crore jobs during demonetisation.
6:34 PM, 9 Jan
While the JD (U) has extended its support to the Quota bill, the TDP argues that the bill should have been referred to a Select Committee.
4:39 PM, 9 Jan
TMC dubs demonetisation as the greatest man-made disaster ever.
4:17 PM, 9 Jan
“I want to alert this government, as we have alerted during demonetisation that Supreme Court is going to ask you some questions, they will ask you what surveys you have done, what numbers you have to prove this bill. Where are the jobs. The quota bill an admission of failure to create jobs,” said TMC MP Derek O’ Brien.
4:06 PM, 9 Jan
TMC's Derek O'Brien accuses the government of disrespecting the Parliament. He says quota bill is testimony to the fact that government could not create jobs.
3:54 PM, 9 Jan
The debate continues in the Upper house and it is yet to be seen if it can be passed on the last day of the winter session.
3:35 PM, 9 Jan
You tried to break the Supreme Court ceiling of 50% reservation. Will it stand the court of law? Reserved categories under-represented in bureaucracy, says Ram Gopal Yadav, Samajwadi Party.
3:16 PM, 9 Jan
"Cut-offs in this category would go higher than general merit," says Ram Gopal Yadav. He says 10% quote move would be counter productive.
3:13 PM, 9 Jan
The bill could have been introduced anytime, why now, asks SP's Ram Gopal Yadav.
3:07 PM, 9 Jan
"We get to see PM Modi in several attires on TV these days from several places, but not in the House," says Anand Sharma.
3:04 PM, 9 Jan
Anand Sharma asks why government mum on women reservation bill. He says BJP mislead country once in 2014 by making false promises, but it won't happen again.
3:01 PM, 9 Jan
Congress' Anand Sharma says he "abhors" government's attitude of trying to change the Constitution.
2:55 PM, 9 Jan
"It's not about PM Modi but about crores of India's youth, says BJP MP Prabhat Jha, requesting Opposition to pass the Quota Bill in Rajya Sabha. "It's only Narendra Modi who has followed slogan of 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' in its true spirit, like a devout would chant verses of Gita. Let's join our hands for development of all," Jha adds.

The proposed reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation enjoyed by the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes, and will take the total reservation to 60 per cent.

Among the major castes to benefit from the proposed law are Brahmins, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Marathas, Bhumihars, several trading castes, Kapus and Kammas among other Upper Castes. The ruling BJP hopes that the bill will help consolidate the general castes in its support as it begins campaign for the Lok Sabha elections scheduled in April-May.

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