Lok Sabha clears Quota Bill

  • | Wednesday | 9th January, 2019

The Quota Bill was passed on the final day of winter session of the Lower House with 323 votes in favour and just three against it. It will be further examined by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, where the session has been extended by a day.

The Lok Sabha has passed the ‘historic’ Constitution Amendment Bill 2019, introduced by Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot. The reason of clearing the Bill, which was under the 124th Amendment of the Constitution, was to provide 10% reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category.

The Quota Bill, was passed on the final day of winter session of the Lower House with 323 votes in favor and just three against it. It will be further examined by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, where the session has been extended by a day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi were all present in the House during the passage of the Bill.

During a session conducted in the Lok Sabha, the government had argued that the Bill addresses the need to bring the economically weaker to the mainstream but the Opposition alleged that it is being pushed through with an eye on the elections this year.

 About 30 members spoke on the Bill, with Gehlot describing the government’s move as a “historic decision”. He argued that there was a need to bring the economically weaker to the mainstream and expressed confidence that the Bill would clear judicial scrutiny if challenged in courts.


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