Reservation for general category LIVE Updates: The Rajya Sabha Wednesday approved amending the Constitution to provide 10 per cent reservation to economically poor in jobs and education with the government terming the landmark move as ‘slog over sixes’. The Rajya Sabha passed the law with 165 members voting in favour and 7 against, a day after it was passed in the Lok Sabha. As per the due process, the Bill will now go to the President for approval after which it will become the law. The bill will provide 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections in the general category in education as well as central and state government jobs.
The bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. In total, 323 members voted in favour of the bill while only three voted against it. Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK members staged a walk out before the voting.
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The Winter Session was slated to culminate on January 8 but the government extended the Rajya Sabha proceedings by one day. The NDA government has claimed that the bill is aimed at giving equal opportunity to economically backwards people in the general category.