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Rajya Sabha passes Bill offering 10% Reservation to Economically Weaker section of General Category, to be tabled before President Ram Nath Kovind for his Nod

The bill which is unanimously passed by the lower as well as upper house of the parliament is described to cover economically backward mass whose annual income is less than 8 lac and own less than 5 acres of agricultural land. The Union Law Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, briefed the parliamentarians that the individual states have been empowered in the bill identify the economic criterion of the beneficiaries. The bill will be applicable at the centre as well as state level.

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After a day Lok Sabha passed the bill on amendment in the constitution to strengthen the financially weaker section of the society with 10% reservation in government jobs and education category, the Rajya Sabha also passed the bill on Thursday. The bill proposing amendment in the Constitution of India to offer 10% reservation to financially weaker section was passed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday with 323 votes in favour while 3 against the bill. It was then tabled in the Rajya Sabha where it got passed by 165 members in favour while 7 against the bill.

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The bill proposing 124th amendment in the constitution of India is now ready to appear before president Ram Nath Kovind for his nod, post which the bill will become a law. Notably, the cumulative reservation quota before the proposed 10% reservation in the government jobs and education was 50% which will now ascend to 60%, 10% more than what was prescribed by the Supreme Court.

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The bill which is unanimously passed by the lower as well as upper house of the parliament is described to cover economically backward mass whose annual income is less than 8 lac and own less than 5 acres of agricultural land. The Union Law Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, briefed the parliamentarians that the individual states have been empowered in the bill identify the economic criterion of the beneficiaries. The bill will be applicable at the centre as well as state level.

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The opposition parties joined hands with the government after a day long debate on the bill in the parliament to pass the bill, however, raised question on the timing of tabling the bill. “This legislation has been brought by a government which is a departure lounge of an airport…You got a message, a small message in the Assembly elections in 5 states. Now you can expect a bigger message after a few months,” Congress party leader Anand Sharma was quoted saying during the debate in the parliament on Thursday, reported ANI. The other party leader, Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party also raised his suspicion of tabling the bill by keeping Lok Sabha Election 2019 in focus.

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