New Delhi: The government on Tuesday introduced a bill in Lok Sabha that seeks to amend the Constitution to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to economically backward section in the general category. Also Read - Delhi Govt Warns Clubs, Hotels Against Liquor Bottles Without 2D Bar-Code | What Does it Mean
The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019, approved by the Union Cabinet on Monday, was brought in on the last day of the Winter Session of Lok Sabha. Also Read - Free Textbooks Will be Provided to Students From Class 6 to 12, Says Education Minister
According to the Bill, “At present, the economically weaker sections of citizens have largely remained excluded from attending the higher educational institutions and public employment on account of their financial incapacity to compete with the persons who are economically more privileged.” Also Read - Twitter Announces New Feature That Would Let Users Charge Followers, Netizens React
The Bill seeks to amend Article 15 of the Constitution, by adding a clause which allows states to make “special provision for the advancement of any economically weaker sections of citizens”.
These “special provisions” would relate to “their admission to educational institutions, including private educational institutions, whether aided or unaided by the state, other than the minority educational institutions”.
It also makes it clear that reservation would be “in addition to the existing reservations and subject to a maximum of ten per cent of the total seats in each category”.
A constitutional amendment bill requires at least half of the members to be present in the House and two-third of them should support it.