The Lok Sabha has passed the Constitution 124th (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to provide ten per cent reservation to economically backward sections (EWS) in the General category. The bill facilitates reservation for EWS in direct recruitments and admission in higher educational institutions. 323 members voted in favour of the bill, while three voted against it.
AIADMK staged a walkout before the voting. Replying to a debate on the bill in the Lok Sabha yesterday, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said, it is a historic moment and the bill will provide equal opportunities to those who are economically weaker in upper caste. He said, lakhs andcrores of poor from the general category irrespective of any religion, will get the benefit.
Mr Gehlotsaid, the law will not be struck down by the Supreme Court if challenged because it has been brought with the constitutional provisions. Initiating the debate, KV Thomas of the Congress said, his party is not against the concept of the bill and supports it, but the way it has been brought, raises several questions on the sincerity of the government.
Terming it a part of government’s commitment towards the development of all, the Prime Minister thanked all parties which supported the bill. He said, it is the government’s endeavor to ensure that every poor person, irrespective of caste or creed gets to lead a life of dignity, and have access to all possible opportunities. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and Harshvardhan and BJP PresidentAmit Shah are also among those who have hailed the passage of the bill.