The bill will provide reservation to many upper castes like Brahmins, Jats, Rajputs, Marathas etc.
After Lok Sabha passing the 10% reservation quota bill which provides reservation to the economically poor belonging to the general category, the bill got approved in the upper house of the Parliament and soon will be enforced as law. The bill will ensure reservation of 10% in jobs and education to the economically weaker sections of those who do not fall under any reservation quota. The bill was also supported by the opposition party but raised questions regarding its implementation and timing.
"There are three hurdles that this will have to surpass - the first hurdle is that according to me there is complete non-applicability of mind on the part of the government in bringing this bill. The second hurdle is the constitutionality of this bill. And the third hurdle is the implementation of this bill," Congress MP Kapil Sibbal said.
The BJP government in the meanwhile assured that the terms of the bill are such that it will not infringe the reservation provided to SC/ST and other BC categories.
Replying to the questions raised by the opposition party PM Narendra Modi replied, "Elections are held in the country every few months. So when should I have done this? This is why I keep on saying that state and central elections should happen together".
Congress also mocked the BJP government and called this step an "election gimmick". Other opposition parties like DMK, AAP, and IUML also opposed the bill, but their arguments were however rejected with a majority in Rajya Sabha.
Comments made by other political leaders after passing the bill in Rajya Sabha
Who will be benefited?
The bill is also known as "upper caste quota bill", and is not religiously defined and will also cover the religious denominations like Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains etc., who do not fall under OBC. Apparently, those who earn less than 8 Lakh per annum, own an agricultural land less than 5 acres or a residential building of less than 1000 square feet will be considered eligible for this reservation.
“By passing the Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019, we pay tributes to the makers of our constitution and the great freedom fighters, who envisioned an India that is strong and inclusive", PM Modi tweeted.
He further thanked the verdict of the Supreme court and welcoming the bill he explained it is a victory for social justice and an upliftment for our country's youth providing them the opportunity to showcase their talent and contribute in the country's transformation.