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  • 9:57 PM IST

    Parliament Live Updates: For Amendment in Clause 2 and 3 of the quota bill, 316 vote in favour and five against it.

  • 9:53 PM IST

    Parliament Live Updates: Quota Bill passed in Lok Sabha with 316 voting in favour of the Bill and 5 voting against it. Meanwhile, AIADMK’s Thambidurai walks out of the House.

  • 9:50 PM IST

    Parliament Live Updates: Voting on quota bill to take place in Lok Sabha soon.

  • 9:36 PM IST

    Parliament Live Updates: The government has made necessary amendments in the quota bill to make sure that it stands judicial scrutiny, says Gehlot

  • 9:29 PM IST

    Parliament Live Updates: Why was no written notice given to the Speaker before the bringing up the bill in Lok Sabha, can the govt now bring up a bill any time it wants it, asks Shashi Tharoor

  • 9:26 PM IST

  • 9:17 PM IST

    Parliament Live Updates: BJP’s Hukumdev Narayan Yadav slams opposition for criticising the quota bill.

  • 9:13 PM IST

    Parliament Live Updates: This is a fraud on Constitution and insult on Babasaheb Ambedkar. Our Constitution doesn’t recognise economically-backward Have the savarnas ever faced untouchability? There is no empirical data to show the savarna people are backward, says Asaduddin Owaisi

  • 9:09 PM IST

    Parliament Live Updates: Asaduddin Owaisi opposes Quota Bill, calls it an insult to Ambedkar. He said this will be struck down by the court

  • 9:07 PM IST

    Parliament Live Updates: RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha (RLSP) seeks an all India Judicial Services and reservation in judiciary too. He suggests the Winter Session be extended for two more days so that amendments can be moved in the Bill.

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.