Reservation bill HIGHLIGHTS: 10% quota for upper caste poor now a reality! Modi govt’s historic bill clears Rajya Sabha test

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Updated:Jan 09, 2019 10:40:11 pm

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'.

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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.

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  • 22:17 (IST)

    It's History! Upper Caste Bill Passed in Rajya Sabha

    Rajya Sabha passes Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 with 149 'ayes'. The bill will provide reservation for economically weaker section of the society in higher educational institutions.

  • 21:18 (IST)

    PM Modi has hit a six: Ramdas Athawale

    State Social Justice Minister Ramdas Athawale has recited another poem in support of the bill. Athawale says that Modi has hit a six before the elections.

  • 14:45 (IST)

    Send bill to select committee: Congress, others protest in Rajya Sabha

    The Congress and other opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday have strongly protested and demanded that 'The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenth-Four Amendment) Bill, 2019' be sent to a select committee after the government introduced the key legislation. Slogans were raised against the government by Congress, DMK, RJD, and the Aam Aadmi Party.

  • 12:35 (IST)

    Reservation bill LIVE Updates: Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 introduced in Rajya Sabha

    Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot introduced The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenth-Four Amendment) Bill 2019 amid slogan shouting by opposition Congress over the citizenship amendment bill. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday and was brought to the Upper House after the sitting of the House was extended by a day. Congress members wanted Home Minister Rajnath Singh to first come to the House and make a statement on the bill that provides non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan Indian citizenship.

  • 12:20 (IST)

    Reservation bill in Rajya Sabha: PM Modi says committed to principle of ‘sabka sath sabka vikas’

    Addressing a rally in Solapur of Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the crowd that his government has taken a historic decision to provide 10% reservation to upper caste people in government jobs and educational institutions. "Yesterday late night, a historic bill was passed in Lok Sabha. By passing the bill regarding 10% reservation being granted to economically weaker section in the general category, our principle of ‘Sabka sath sabka vikas’ has been further strengthened," he said.

  • 10:31 (IST)

    Reservation bill LIVE Updates: Thawarchand Gehlot rejects opposition criticism

    Social Justice Minister Thawarchand Gehlot rejected opposition criticism on the floor of Lok Sabha about the timing. Gehlot accepted that the bill has come late but our intentions are good and the Constitution amendment will pass the muster in Supreme Court if anybody challenges it there. He also dismissed the opposition charge that the bill was brought in a hurry. The minister said that the issue has been debated for long in public and the government has consulted the common people and experts and their opinions taken. "There is and there was a need for this reservation to give them equal opportunity. It will bridge the gap between the rich and the poor. There are people in the general category who are living lives worse than that of those in the SCs and STs. They generally complain as to what is their fault in being born in these castes," he said.

  • 10:04 (IST)

    Upper Caste Reservation: Constitutional amendment and the road ahead simplified

    The 10% quota to upper caste may not be proportionate to the population, but it will completely change the options available to them in public sector employment. The latest decision has raised a lot of hopes among the upper caste candidates. The government amended Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution to insert a new clause to provide 10% reservation to upper caste. Both Article 15 and Article 16 are fundamental rights under the Constitution. The government on Tuesday approved insertion of two new clauses – sub clause (6) in the Article 15 and also in the Article 16 in the third chapter of Constitution. Insertion of these clause will allow the government to make special provisions for economically weaker sections of citizens other than SC/STs and OBCs for admissions in educational institutions and government jobs. The government has clarified the term ‘economically weaker sections’ in the constitution itself. It will be as notified by the government from time to time on the basis of family income and other economic indicators. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

  • 09:47 (IST)

    Upper caste reservation: AIADMK argument

    The passage of the upper caste bill was marked by a walkout by Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai of the AIADMK. Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK said that this can't ensure social justice. The AIADMK which is considered friendly to BJP, has been opposing the government on various issues including on triple talaq.

  • 09:22 (IST)

    Upper caste reservation bill: What Ram Vilas Paswan said in Lok Sabha

    Union Minister and LJP president Ram VilasPaswan said that it was a long standing demand which has been fulfilled by the NDA government headed by Narendra Modi. He demanded that along with the SC,ST and OBC quota, this 10% quota for upper caste should be kept in the 9th schedule of the Constitution so that it can't be challenged in the court. Paswan also urged the government to provide reservation in private sector and judiciary too.

  • 08:57 (IST)

    Upper caste reservation bill: Amit Shah welcomes passage of bill in Lok Sabha

    BJP president Amit Shah also hailed the passage of the upper caste reservation bill in the Lok Sabha as historic and said it was a strong step to bring about a positive change in the lives of a large section of the society. He said that the passage of the Bill was also a lesson for the parties which for years have been practising politics of appeasement. "I congratulate the Prime Minister and his Cabinet for this decision which was pending for decades. Modi government's commitment for the economic upliftment of every section of the society is not only admirable but also a lesson for political parties indulging in appeasement for several years," he said, adding that the decision will not only be a gift to the poor among the general categories but will also open a door for their bright future.

  • 07:53 (IST)

    Reservation for general category: Lok Sabha passes 124th Constitution Amendment Bill

    The Lok Sabha on Monday night passed the historic Constitution amendment bill to provide 10% quota for upper castes in government service and higher educational institutions. The bill will come up in the Rajya Sabha whose business has been extended by a day till Wednesday. The bill was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Monday.

  • 07:51 (IST)

    Upper caste reservation bill in Rajya Sabha LIVE Updates: PM Mofi welcomes passage of bill in Lok Sabha

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed the passage of The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha. He termed it a landmark moment in our nation’s history. "It sets into motion the process to achieve an effective measure that ensures justice for all sections of society. I thank MPs from all parties who supported it. We're resolutely committed to the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.’ It's our endeavour to ensure every poor person, irrespective of caste or creed gets to lead a life of dignity, & gets access to all possible opportunities," he said.

22:17 (IST)09 Jan 2019
It's History! Upper Caste Bill Passed in Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha passes Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 with 149 'ayes'. The bill will provide reservation for economically weaker section of the society in higher educational institutions.

22:07 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Speaker orders division over demand to send the bill to select committee

On Speaker's orders, a division was done for the demand to send the bill to select committee. As many as 158 MPs voted against the motion.

21:57 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot replies in Rajya Sabha

- He added that due to excessive mentions of data and numbers, the correct message has not been sent to the common people.

- The minister said that the Bill will be passed after making due Constitutional Amendments, and hence, the Supreme Court can't reject it.

- There is various type of reservation in India - 1. Schedule Castes, 2. Schedule Tribe, 3. Gender. So, why can't there be reservation for people belonging to economicaly weaker sections from Upper Castes.

21:56 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot replies in Rajya Sabha

- In his reply, Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot thanked the members of the Upper House who supported the Bill.

- Replying to Congress leader Anand Sharma, Gehlot said that member of Constituent Assembly came from Upper Castes but made the provisions for reservation for the lower castes. In the same league, PM Narendra Modi, a leader who belonds from a backward class, has brought reservation for the Upper Castes.

21:44 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Amar Singh: Why are those Opposing the Bill voting for it

MP Amar Singh has said that those Opposing the bill should not vote for it.

21:37 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Ahmed Patel slams government

"I would like to bring to notice the way this government is working - The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, the right hand doesn't know what the Left hand is doing," Patel said.

21:31 (IST)09 Jan 2019
GVL Narsimha Rao lauds PM Narendra Modi for Upper Caste Reservation Bill

MP GVL Narsimha Rao has lauded PM Narendra Modi for Upper Caste Reservation Bill. He termed the prime minister as the 'Real Mahapurush'.

"The real leader who worked for the upliftment of the people is PM Narendra Modi, " Rao said.

21:29 (IST)09 Jan 2019
KC(M) Jose K Mani supports Bill

KC(M) Jose K Mani has said that he supports the bill. He says that any Constututional amendment needs quality discussiom which has not been done in this case.

21:24 (IST)09 Jan 2019
You do whatever you want to win election: Ramdas Athawale

In his trademark style, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale has told the Opposition that whatever needed to be done, should be done to win elections. He made his remarks against the allegations that the bill has been brought to garner votes before the elections.

21:18 (IST)09 Jan 2019
PM Modi has hit a six: Ramdas Athawale

State Social Justice Minister Ramdas Athawale has recited another poem in support of the bill. Athawale says that Modi has hit a six before the elections.

21:11 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Sanjay Singh, AAP in Rajya Sabha on Quota Bill

This is a historic moment, if this bill is passed today, then in the coming days, RSS, which couldn’t make a single Dalit their chief in 90 years, will end the reservation for Dalits and backwards.

21:08 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Compelete Speech | PL Punia

Listen to the complete speech from Congress MP PL Punia on The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019.

21:06 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Rakesh Sinha, BJP

MP Rakesh Sinha defends Modi government over the issue of unemployment. Sinha says that PM Narendra Modi's government has created jobs under Mudra Yojana and other schemes. "Which other government has announced 90,000 jobs in one day?" Sinha said.

20:57 (IST)09 Jan 2019
You are unleashing atrocity on poor Upper Caste people: Sanjay Singh

Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh has said that the government is doing injustice with the poor among Upper Castes.  He says that as many as 95 per cent 'sawarns' have been covered under Rs 8,00,000 slab, which is a big partiality with poor Upper Castes.

20:38 (IST)09 Jan 2019
D Raja, CPI: Government should explain the haste in passing this bill.

The bill was signed on 7th January, it was produced in Lok Sabha on 8th January and the government got it passed. Now, the bill has been presented in the Rajya Sabha. I want to ask, why is the government is in so much haste?

20:13 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Kumari Selja, Congress, Haryana

Congress MP Kumari Selja has said that the new bill is just a Jumla and nothing else. The Haryana MP says that the timing is highly questionable.

20:10 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Full Speech: Satish Chandra Misra's debate on Upper Caste Reservation Bill

Listen to the complete speech by BSP's Satish Chandra Misra on The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill.

20:05 (IST)09 Jan 2019
How many jobs? asks Praul Patel

Prafull Patel says that Maharasthra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has once said announced mega job creation in the state. Under so called 'mega jobs', only 72,000 jobs were announced.

So how many jobs were created in one year? And how many will be reserved under new provisions.

19:51 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Even Cabinet didn't know about this decision: Prafull Patel

This is a decision taken in haste. Media asked for our views on the decision, but we were not apprised about the decision. He adds that later it was revealed that even Union Cabinet didn't know about this decision.

19:38 (IST)09 Jan 2019
BSP supports Upper Caste Reservation Bill

Senior leader Satish Chandra Mishra has said that his party is in support of the Bill. However, Mishra said, that the timing of the Bill is highly questionable.

19:32 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Ram Vilas Paswan intervenes on upper caste quota bill debate

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has said that Congress has always been dominated by Upper Caste people. However, they never thought about people from Upper Caste. Today, everyone has got a problem when a person (Narendra Modi) from backward caste is doing something for Upper Castes.

19:18 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Ram Vilas Paswan questions Opposition to the Reservation bill

Ram Vilas Paswan has questioned the Opposition to the Reservation bill. The Union Minister has said that MPs from all the party supported the bill in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, however, they are Opposing it now.

19:12 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Naresh Gujral, SAD, Punjab

Government has taken many step to repair damaged economy, says Shiromani Akali Dal's Narensh Gujral. The minister says pragmatic steps are needed to incentivise the inustry.

18:48 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Kapil Sibal suggests bill has been presented in House without proper deliberation

Kapil Sibal says that the bill has been presented in House without proper deliberation. The former minister suggested that the bill should have been sent to Standing Committee.

18:34 (IST)09 Jan 2019
This bill will give only 4,500 to people, says Kapil Sibal

Former Union Minister Kapil Sibal has claimed that the new quota system is going to give only 4,500 jobs to the people belonging to the respected category. He said that centre government has created only 45,000 jobs on an average per year. This way, only 4,500 jobs per year will be given. "And we are amending our Constitution for this?" Sibal said.

18:25 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Kapil Sibal raises questions over provisions of the bill

Former union minister Kapil Sibal has raised questions over the provisions of the bill. The Congress leader has asked whether the government has collected any data over the number of jobs available.

18:23 (IST)09 Jan 2019
More surprises to come, we are confident of a victory in 2019: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that he is confident of a victory in Lok Sabha 2019 elections. Prasad said that if the Opposition has taken the bill as surprise, then there will be more surprises which are yet to come. Answering questions over why there was delay, Prasad said that they might have come late, but they have come well.

18:03 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP, speaks in RS

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has batted strongly in favour of the Bill. He says that 50 per cent capping is not in the Constitution, it has been inserted by the Supreme Court of India.

17:20 (IST)09 Jan 2019
New quota bill won't hurt deprived sections: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended introduction of the 10 per cent quota for the general category poor and said that the bill's passage in the Lok Sabha is a strong answer to those "spreading lies". He said that the rights of deprived sections won't be affected because of this bill.

16:25 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Derek O'Brien, TMC in Rajya Sabha on Quota Bill

This bill is an acknowledgement of guilt, that we haven't created any jobs in last 4 & a half years. It redefines India's poverty line of Rs 32 a day, if we look at the number of Rs 8 lakhs a year, new poverty line is Rs 2,100 a day.

16:24 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Derek O'Brien, TMC in Rajya Sabha on Quota Bill

This bill is an acknowledgement of guilt, that we haven't created any jobs in last 4 & a half years. It redefines India's poverty line of Rs 32 a day, if we look at the number of Rs 8 lakhs a year, new poverty line is Rs 2100 a day

16:19 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Derek O'Brien, TMC in Rajya Sabha on Quota Bill

Derek O Brien attacks PM Narendra Modi. Brien says that Modi had once said that no one will ask for reservation when there are plenty of jobs. How come everything changed when Modi came to power, he asks.

15:43 (IST)09 Jan 2019
AIADMK Opposes bill

Rajya Sabha MP A Navneetkrishnan has opposes the passage of the bill on behalf of his party. "Amma's government strongly Opposes this bill," says A Navneetkrishnan.

15:15 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Reservation bill: Samajwadi Party to support bill in Rajya Sabha

Samajwadi Party MP Ram Gopal Yadav said that his party is not against the bill and it vote in favour of the legislation. He, however, questioned the timing of bill. He said that the bill has been brought with an eye on the general elections.

15:10 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Reservation bill LIVE Updates: Congress backs bill in Rajya Sabha

The Congress party said that the bill is motivated by upcoming general election. Congress' leader Anand Sharma said that his party will support the legislation in the Upper House. The bill is now set to sail through the Rajya Sabha smoothly.

14:54 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Watch| BJP Minister Prabhat Jha on the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha

14:45 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Send bill to select committee: Congress, others protest in Rajya Sabha

The Congress and other opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday have strongly protested and demanded that 'The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenth-Four Amendment) Bill, 2019' be sent to a select committee after the government introduced the key legislation. Slogans were raised against the government by Congress, DMK, RJD, and the Aam Aadmi Party.

14:16 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Reservation bill LIVE Updates: Rajya Sabha resumes

The Rajya Sabha met at 2pm to discuss the upper caste quota bill. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement on the Citizenship Bill. The opposition was demanding from the government to call Rajnath Singh to the House to make a statement on the situation.

14:14 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Reservation bill: Uttarakhand CM Rawat welcomes quota for upper caste

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said that another Ambedkar is born in the 21st century. "And he has taken this decision for the economically weak people. I want to congratulate PM, son of poor has today thought about all the poor people," he said.

14:03 (IST)09 Jan 2019
Reservation bill LIVE Updates: CPI(M) MP TK Rangarajan moves amendment

CPI(M) Rajya Sabha MP TK Rangarajan moves an amendment in The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019. The bill was tabled by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot earlier today but it a discussion on the legislation was not taken up due to uproar by the opposition parties.

Lok Sabha passes Upper caste reservation billThe bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot. He said that this reservation will be given without tampering the existing quotas for SC, ST and OBCs people. He clarified that upper class people of all religion including Hindu, Muslim and Sikh will be benefited under this reservation provisions. Rejecting apprehensions that this bill will not stand the legal scrutiny, Gehlot said that it has been brought by the government with Constitutional Amendment and the legislation can't be struckdown. Opposition parties termed the move a political gimmick but backed the bill on the floor of the Lok Sabha. A total of 323 MPs voted in favour of the bill and only 3 voted against it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also present in the Lok Sabha when division was done. The development comes just a few months ahead of the Lok Sabha. Opposition has alleged that the BJP government has done this to woo the voters after it was defeated in the assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
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