Parliament passes bill to provide 10 per cent reservation to EWS in general category

The Indian Parliament passed the Constitution 124th (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that seeks to provide 10 percent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to economically backward section in the general category with the Rajya Sabha approving it on January 9, 2019.

The legislation was passed in the upper house of the Parliament with 165 members voting in favor of it and seven voting against. The motion moved by AIADMK, left parties and others to refer the bill to the Select Committee was also defeated.

The Lok Sabha had already given its approval to the bill with over two-thirds of a majority, with 323 members voting in favor and three voting against. Prior to this, the Union Cabinet on January 7, 2019, had approved a proposal for the introduction of the bill. The bill extends 10 percent quota to the economically weaker sections in the general category who are not covered by any of the existing schemes of reservation.

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