New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a Constitution Amendment Bill to grant 10 % reservation in education and government jobs to economically-weak individuals belonging to the general category, across religions. The reservation is meant for economically-weaker individuals whose annual earning is below Rs 8 lakh and who possess less than 5 acres of agriculture land.
There were 323 votes in favour of the bill, and 3 against it. If the bill is passed by the Rajya Sabha as well, the total percentage of reservation will go up to 60, surpassing the 50% ceiling prescribed by the Supreme Court (SC). The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in the House by Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot on Tuesday, a day after the Cabinet took the politically-significant decision, just a few months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress party president Rahul Gandhi were present in the House when the Bill was passed. The government will table the Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.