New Delhi,10/01/19: The Rajya Sabha passed the Constitution 124th (Amendment) Bill, 2019 last night. The Bill was passed as 165 members of the Upper House voted in favour of it, while seven members voted against. The Lok Sabha has already passed it.
The legislation provides for ten per cent reservation in government jobs and admission in educational institutions to economically backward people among upper castes.
In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the passage of the Bill as a victory of social justice as well as tribute to makers of our Constitution and freedom fighters.
Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said the Bill has been brought with good intention and it aims at economic and educational empowerment of the targeted beneficiaries.
Participating in the discussion in the Upper House, Anand Sharma of Congrss, Prasanna Acharya of Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party supported the Bill, while AIADMK member Navneet Krishnan opposed it. Derek O’Brien of the TMC raised doubts over the passing legal scrutiny of the Bill.