Upper Caste Reservation Bill Updates: Modi’s historic quota bill passes Lok Sabha test, Rajya Sabha next

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General Caste Reservation in India Updates: The discussion has begun on the bill for Upper Caste Reservations. The Modi government on Tuesday tabled the upper caste reservation bill in the Lok Sabha to amend the Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution to allow quota for the upper caste people.

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Upper caste reservation bill in Lok Sabha Updates: In a shot in the arm for the government, the historic bill for reservation for economicaly weaker sections in Upper Caste was passed with a voice vote in Lok Sabha. Except Rashtriya Janata Dal and AIMIM, no other major party Opposed the Bill. While most Opposition parties raised questions over the timing of the bill, they unequivocally supported the bill.

In a landmark move, the BJP-led NDA government on Monday cleared a proposal to grant 10% reservation for economically backward upper caste in government jobs and educational institutions. The Modi government needs to amend the Constitution to implement the same. According to a report in The Indian Express, the government will introduce the Constitution Amendment Bill on Tuesday in the Parliament. A constitution amendment bill needs to be passed with a two-thirds majority.

According to reports, the government will table the bill in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday and in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The Winter Session of the Rajya Sabha has been extended by a day till Wednesday. The decision to introduce a 10% quota for economically weaker sections in the general category comes months before the Lok Sabha polls. The decision was taken on Tuesday at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Reservation for upper caste LIVE Updates: Modi government to amend Constitution to grant 10% reservation to general category

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  • 18:14 (IST)

    SC's 50% only applies to caste based reservation, says Arun Jaitley

    Jaitley said that he is sure that 50 per cent capping made by the Supreme Court on Reservation in 1992 was for the caste based reservation only. The court had to put such capping because there is no provision in the Constitution to bring in reservation for economicaly weaker sections.

  • 14:45 (IST)

    Upper caste reservation: About Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019

    The introduction of the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot was a smooth affair in the House with no member raising any objection. The Bill, cleared by the Union Cabinet on Monday with an eye on the upper castes vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, seeks to amend Articles 15 and 16 under whose present provisions the benefits of the existing reservations are generally not available for the economically weaker sections of the forward castes.

  • 14:22 (IST)

    JD(S) backs 10 per cent quota for general category

    Congress ally Janata Dal (Secular) has supported the centre for 10 per cent quota for "economically weaker" sections in general category. JD(S) chief and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda in a tweet said: "Janata Dal (Secular) supports the 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for economically weaker sections of the upper castes." "We have always stood for, and will continue to stand for betterment of the underprivileged and weaker sections of the society," he added.

  • 13:40 (IST)

    Reservation for general category LIVE Updates: Clause to be inserted in Article 16

    In Article 16 of the Constitution, after clause (5), the following clause shall be inserted, namely:- (6) Nothing in this article shall prevent the State from making any provision for the reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any economically weaker sections of citizens other than the classes mentioned in clause (4), in addition to the existing reservation and subject to a maximum of 10% of the posts in each category.

  • 13:34 (IST)

    Uooer caste reservation Bill Live Updates: Objective of the bill

    The bill states that at present, the economically weaker sections of citizens have largely remained excluded from attending higher educational institutions and public employment on account of their financial incapacity. It says that economically weaker sections were not eligible for the benefit of reservation. With a view to ensure that economically weaker sections of citizens get a fair chance of receiving higher edication and participation in employment in the services of the State, it has been decided to amend the Constitution of India. The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 provides for reservation for the economically weaker sections of society in higher eucational institutes, private institutions whether aided or unaided by the State other than the minority educational institutions referred to in Article 30. Besides, it also provides reservation in posts in initial appointment in services unde the State.

  • 11:44 (IST)

    Reservation for general category: Anurag Thakur welcomes decision

    BJP MP Anurag Thakur has lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the historic move. He said,. "I welcome the 10% reservation announced by the Centre for economically weaker sections of the upper caste. PM Narendra Modi's policies have helped to uplift the poor in the country."

  • 09:57 (IST)

    Reservation for general category LIVE Updates: Article 15 and 16 to be amended

    New clauses wil l be added to Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution which presently allow the State to make reservation for only SCs, STs, and for socially or educationally backward classes (OBCs). Articles 15 (6) and 16 (6) will be added to existing provisions so as to reserve up 10% quota in educational institutions and government jobs for the economically weaker sections (EWS) that are currently not covered under reservation.

  • 09:41 (IST)

    Upper caste reservation bill in Lok Sabha: BJP, Congress issue whip to Lok Sabha MPs

    Both the Congress and BJP have issued whip to their MPs to be present in Lok Sabha on Tuesday when the Constitution Amendment Bill will be tabled to grant 10% reservation to upper caste people.

  • 08:16 (IST)

    Reservationfor general category LIVE Updates: Tejashwi Yadav terms it a pre-election gimmick

    The RJD of Lalu Prasad Yadav has termed the centre's move as a pre-election gimmick. "If they are giving 10% reservation for 15% population, they will have to give 90% quotas for the rest... why don't they reveal the caste census," Tejashwi Yadav told reporters.

  • 08:01 (IST)

    Upper caste reservation bill LIVE Updates: Modi government to amend Constitution

    The bill to amend the Constitution needs to be passed with two-thirds majority in the Parliament. The bill will involve an amendment to the Constitution's Article 15 and 16 to add fresh sections. While the BJP-led NDA government has the numbers in the Lok Sabha, it lacks majority in the Rajya Sabha. The bill is likely to be tabled by Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot.

  • 07:53 (IST)

    Reservation for upper caste LIVE Updates: Who will get benefit?

    The reservation benefit can be availed by those whose annual income is below Rs 8 lakh and have up to five acres of Agricultural land. The government needs to amend the Constitutional because quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation.

22:19 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Lok Sabha passes Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019 with 323 'ayes'

Lok Sabha passes Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019 with 323 'yes'.  Thee members Opposed it.  The bill will provide reservation for economically weaker section of the society in higher educational institutions.

21:55 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Modi's historic quota bill passes Lok Sabha test

In a shot in the arm for the government, the historic bill for reservation for economicaly weaker sections in Upper Caste was passed with a voice vote in Lok Sabha. Except Rashtriya Janata Dal and AIMIM, no other major party Opposed the Bill. While most Opposition parties raised questions over the timing of the bill, they unequivocaly supported the bill.

21:39 (IST)08 Jan 2019
This will reduce gap between rich and poor: Minister

Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot has said that the new bill will reduce the gap between haves and have nots in the society. He said all the people from general category who are not covered under any kind of reservation will be benefitted from the bill.

21:32 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Thawar Chand Gehlot replies in Parliament

Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot says all such proposals were earlier struck down by judiciary as they were not done with prior Constitutional amendments. He said that doubts in regards with the future legal challenges should be laid to rest.

21:26 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Shashi Tharoor questions the timing of bringing the bill

Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP from Thiruvananthpuram, has asked the government as to why no notice was served in advance to MPs about the bill. Tharoor cited Section 19 a (1) of Parliament Act. The MP asked for an explanation from the Speaker and the Government.

21:16 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Pappu Yadav (Rakesh Ranjan) speaks on the Bill

RJD MP Pappu Yadav alias Rakesh Ranjan has opposed the bill. The Madhepura MP has raised questions over the provisions of the Bill. He has said that provisions of the bill needs to be amended in terms of income and property of the beneficiaries.

21:05 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Upper Caste Reservation Bill LIVE Updates: This bill is a fraud on the constitution, says Asaduddin Owaisi

Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has opposed the bill. The AIMIM chief says that the bill is an insult to Baba Sahib Bhim Rao Ambedkar. He says that the bill will never be passed under the court of law. "This bill will not be passed under the court of law, today, you can enjoy your Diwali or whatever," Owaisi said.

20:46 (IST)08 Jan 2019
NK Premchandran, MP, Kollam

"We are passing such a big bill withing minutes, this is not right," says NK Premchandran, MP, Kollam. The leader has raised questions over the provisions of the bill.

19:53 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Upper Caste Reservation Bill LIVE Updates: 'This bill will create social harmony'

There was a big difference which was getting created in the society. There was one section which was getting benefits, so the other felt left out, this decision will also bring social harmony, he said.

19:49 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Mahendra Nath Pandey, MP and UP BJP president, lauds bill

MP and BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit chief Mahendra Nath Pandey has thanked PM Narendra Modi for the bill. "There is a big section among the general category which needs such reservation," Pandey said.

19:42 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Samajwadi Party welcomes bill

Samajwadi Party has welcomed the bill. SP MP Dharmendra Yadav has said that his party whole heartedly welcomes the bill but questions the intention of his government. "Entire nation knows intention behind this bill," Yadav said.

19:38 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Supriya Sule, NCP MP, says her party supports bill

NCP MP Supriya Sule has said that when there is a will, there is a way. The MP has said that her party supports the bill. However, the MP has said that how will the reservation work if there is a shortage of jobs.

19:16 (IST)08 Jan 2019
BJD supports bill

Bhartruhari Mahtab, BJD, supports the bill. Mahtab says that economic criteria needs to be revised time to time. The BJD MP has lauded the bill. "Our party, Biju Janata Dal, is in full support of this. Our Lt leader Biju Patnaik has once said - Gareeb ka koi jaati hota hai kya."

19:00 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Ram Vilas Paswan speaks over the issue

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan speaks over the issue. Reservation should also be brought in the private sector, he said. Paswan added that reservation must be put in the 9th scheule so that there is no legal tussle over it. The minister says his party, LJP, welcomes the decision.

18:32 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Sudip Bandyopadhyay, TMC in Lok Sabha

Sudip Bandyopadhyay, TMC in Lok Sabha: Why does the Government not take up the women reservation bill with the same priority as this quota bill? This bill is not only about jobs, but also about misleading the youth with false hopes and fake dreams.

18:22 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Shiv Sena welcomes move

Anandrao Adsul, Shiv Sena MP from Amravati has said on behalf of his party that the move to bring Reservation for Economicaly Weaker Sections is welcome. He says that the provisions are in line with the thoughts of party partiarch Bala Sahab Thackeray and party president Uddhav Thackeray.

18:18 (IST)08 Jan 2019
M Thambidurai, AIADMK in Lok Sabha

Have govt schemes for the poor failed? There are enough schemes. This reservation bill which you are bringing will be struck down by the Supreme Court: M Thambidurai

18:14 (IST)08 Jan 2019
SC's 50% only applies to caste based reservation, says Arun Jaitley

Jaitley said that he is sure that 50 per cent capping made by the Supreme Court on Reservation in 1992 was for the caste based reservation only. The court had to put such capping because there is no provision in the Constitution to bring in reservation for economicaly weaker sections.

18:01 (IST)08 Jan 2019
AIADMK MP Thambidurai speaks on Upper Caste Reservation Bill

AIADMK MP Thambidurai suggests that a number of schemes like Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana and others are already in place which can be availed by the general category people. Hence, there's no need for further measures of bills.

17:52 (IST)08 Jan 2019
FM Arun Jaitley reads out Congress manifesto

FM Arun Jaitley reads out Congress manifesto: "The India National Congress manifesto says that Indian National Congress is committed to bringing reservation in favour of economically weaker sections without effection the reservation for SC/ST and OBCs."

He adds: I have given the example of INC, but we also promised the same thing.

17:46 (IST)08 Jan 2019
There was no source of power in the Constitution: Arun Jaitley

There was no source of power in the Constitution on reservation for economically weaker sections. "The 50 per cent capping on reservation by Supreme Court is only in terms of SC/ST reservation," Jaitley said.

17:42 (IST)08 Jan 2019
FM Arun Jaitley points out flaws in issues raised by Congress' KV Thomas

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley points out flaws in issues raised by Congress' KV Thomas. Earlier, he said it was Opposition leaders who had added the Jumla of giving reservation to poor belonging to the Upper Castes. They never adopted the correct way of doing the same.

17:33 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Arun Jaitley speaks over the bill

Arun Jaitley: It was Opposition leaders who had added the Jumla of giving reservation to poor belonging to the Upper Castes. They never adopted the correct way of doing the same.

17:31 (IST)08 Jan 2019
KV Thomas, Congress, raises questions over the provisions of the bill

Kerala MP KV Thomas speaks on the provisions of the bill. He is the first person from the Congress to speak over the issue. He has raised questioned over some of the provisions of the bill.

17:17 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Thawar Chand Gehlot: 'Great step towards Sabka Sath Sabka Vikaas'

All the people who are exempted under current reservation provisions of SCs and STs will be get the benefits of these provisions: Thawar Chand Gehlot

17:10 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Discussion begins on Upper Caste Reservation Bill

Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot has started the discussion on Upper Caste Reservation Bill. Gehlot, the social justice minister, has said termed the step as a historic step towards equality. He says poor among the general castes should also be brought to mainstream.

15:45 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Omar Abdullah slams BJP

Omar Abdullah: Only after defeat in Madhya Pradesh,Chhattisgarh,Rajasthan&Telangana, they(BJP) remembered to give reservation after 4.5 years.They actually don’t intend to give reservation;if it doesn’t get passed in Parliament they'll say,’we tried,but Parliament didn’t pass it’.

14:58 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Upper caste reservation bill: CPI(M) slams BJP government

The CPI(M) said that it is now against the quota for upper caste people but the manner they (BJP) have brought in, the rules etc, there are riddles. The government has tabled a bill in the Lok Sabha to amend the Constitution to grant 10% reservation to the upper cast people in government jobs and educational institutions. The Samajwadi Party has also spoken against the move.

14:45 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Upper caste reservation: About Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019

The introduction of the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot was a smooth affair in the House with no member raising any objection. The Bill, cleared by the Union Cabinet on Monday with an eye on the upper castes vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, seeks to amend Articles 15 and 16 under whose present provisions the benefits of the existing reservations are generally not available for the economically weaker sections of the forward castes.

14:22 (IST)08 Jan 2019
JD(S) backs 10 per cent quota for general category

Congress ally Janata Dal (Secular) has supported the centre for 10 per cent quota for "economically weaker" sections in general category. JD(S) chief and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda in a tweet said: "Janata Dal (Secular) supports the 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for economically weaker sections of the upper castes." "We have always stood for, and will continue to stand for betterment of the underprivileged and weaker sections of the society," he added.

14:07 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Omar Abdullah on 10 per cent reservation for general category

Former J&K CM Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that only after a defeat in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, BJP remembered to give reservation to general category. "They actually don’t intend to give reservation. If it doesn’t get passed in Parliament, they'll say 'we tried, but Parliament didn’t pass it," Abdullah said.

13:40 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Reservation for general category LIVE Updates: Clause to be inserted in Article 16

In Article 16 of the Constitution, after clause (5), the following clause shall be inserted, namely:- (6) Nothing in this article shall prevent the State from making any provision for the reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any economically weaker sections of citizens other than the classes mentioned in clause (4), in addition to the existing reservation and subject to a maximum of 10% of the posts in each category.

13:34 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Uooer caste reservation Bill Live Updates: Objective of the bill

The bill states that at present, the economically weaker sections of citizens have largely remained excluded from attending higher educational institutions and public employment on account of their financial incapacity. It says that economically weaker sections were not eligible for the benefit of reservation. With a view to ensure that economically weaker sections of citizens get a fair chance of receiving higher edication and participation in employment in the services of the State, it has been decided to amend the Constitution of India. The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 provides for reservation for the economically weaker sections of society in higher eucational institutes, private institutions whether aided or unaided by the State other than the minority educational institutions referred to in Article 30. Besides, it also provides reservation in posts in initial appointment in services unde the State.

13:22 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Upper caste reservation bill LIVE Updates: Samawadi Party demands 54% quota for OBCs

The Samajwadi Party has spoken against the Modi government's decision to grant 10% reservation to upper caste. He told reporters outside the Parliament that the government's decision will be annulled by the court as it breaches the 50% restriction. Ramgopal Yadav said, "Anyone can move court against the government's decision. When VP Singh had announced reservation, he had given 27% quota to backwards who are 54% in population. This he had done only because of the ceiling. If the government is breaching 50% ceiling, then OBC should also be increased from 27% tp 54%."

12:56 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Upper caste reservation bill: DMK to opposes bill in Lok Sabha

A senior DMK MP told The FinancialExpress.com that the party will oppose the bill to amend the Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution. The leader aid that the decision taken by Modi government is against the social justice.

12:49 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Upper caste reservation bill: Modi government tables bill in Lok Sabha

The Modi government has tabled the upper caste reservation bill in the Lok Sabha. A discussion is lilely to take place and then division will be done. The government needs to pass the bill with two-third majority.

12:44 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Reservation for general category LIVE Updates: LJP supports Modi government's move

The LJP of Ram Vilas Paswan has backed the government's decision. LJP leader Chirag Paswan said that it is a welcome move and it will help poor in upper caste. The LJP is already a part of the ruling NDA.

12:41 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Upper Caste Reservation Bill LIVE Updates: The number game in Lok Sabha

The government needs thwo-third majority in the House to amend the Constitution. At present, the total strength of Lok Sabha is 523 and the magic mark is 349. The BJP alone has 268 MPs. The Congress has 45 lawmakers. The Congress has backed the Modi government on quota. The government also enjoys support of 28 MPs. The total number adds up to 341. Those who are non-committal on supporting the government are AIADMK (37), TMC (34), BJP (19), TDP (15), Others (69). Those who are against the quota are Samajwadi party (7) and AIMIM (1).

11:44 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Reservation for general category: Anurag Thakur welcomes decision

BJP MP Anurag Thakur has lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the historic move. He said,. "I welcome the 10% reservation announced by the Centre for economically weaker sections of the upper caste. PM Narendra Modi's policies have helped to uplift the poor in the country."

11:33 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Upper caste reservation bill in Lok Sabha LIVE Updates: Bill likely to be tabled at 2 pm

According to television reports, the government is likely to table a bill to amend the Constitution in the Lok Sabha at 2 pm today. The bill is likely to sail through the Lok Sabha easily. Then the bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha tomorrow where the government lacks a majority. The Congress has welcomed the move and is likely to back the government in the Upper House.

Upper Caste reservationThe decision comes four months before the general elections and after the BJP suffered defeats in the Assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The BJP was said to have faced the wrath of the upper castes, especially in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The government was already under fire after the Supreme Court diluted a few stringent provisions in the SC/ST Act. The move had sparked nation-wide protests from Dalit groups across the country after which the Modi government brought a bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament to overturn the top court's decision.
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