The historic Economic Reservation bill was passed yesterday in the Lok Sabha. In what is called one of its biggest achievements, the NDA govt has struck a masterstroke by introducing and passing the 124th constitutional amendment bill, 2019, to provide reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) for public employment and higher education. In the 5 hour heated debate, the last day of the winter session was held at 10 PM, with 323 out of 326 MPs present voted in support of the bill. The cheers of ‘bharat mata ki jai’ was chanted by the MPs once the bill was passed in the house.
Since the 50% quota cannot be exceeded for reservation, as reiterated by the SC, Economic reservation in jobs and education is proposed by inserting clause (6) in Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution. The clause, in addition to the reservation in public employment and education, also proposes for such reservation to be made in private (aided/unaided) education institutions, except for minority education institutions.
The proposed limit for reservation is 10%. At present, reservations count for a total of 49.5% with 15%, 7.5% and 27% quotas for SC, ST and OBCs respectively. EWS means that from time to time on the basis of family income and other categories, certain sections of the society have been held at a disadvantage. These sections include the Brahmins, Baniyas, Vaishyas, Gujjars, Patidars etc. While the opposition accepted the bill proposed by Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot, some called it election Jhumla, while the others called it a gimmick which would not succeed in the SC, since in August 2016 too, the Gujarat HC had quashed an ordinance brought by the Govt to provide 10% quota for EWS.
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