Just after a day it was cleared by the Union Cabinet, the Constitution (124TH Amendment) Bill was passed on the last day of the Winter Session of the Lok Sabha. The Bill was passed with 323 majority votes in favour and just three against.
The government on Monday, January 7, proposed 10% reservation for the “economically weaker” upper castes in jobs and educational institutions.
On Tuesday, the Bill was introduced by Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot, who said quota will benefit the poor and will ensure ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas.’ He described government’s move as the ‘ historic decision’.
After the Bill was passed with majority, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked all the parties who supported the bill. He tweeted, “The passage of The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha is a landmark moment in our nation’s history.”
He added, “I thank MPs from all the parties who supported The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha.”
The Bill has been tabled in Rajya Sabha today, where the session has been extended by a day.
Rajya Sabha passes Quota Bill
Parliament approves the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill on providing 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the economically weaker sections (EWS) of the general category.
Kapil Sibal speaks in Parliament
Congress veteran Kapil Sibbal said, “The government said that 10% reservation will be given to the economically poor among the general category. But did they collect any data to ascertain the percentage of OBCs and Dalits in different states?”
“I remember the Mandal Commission’s report came in 1980 and it was first introduced in the Parliament in 1982. Then in 1990, it was passed. So it took 10 years to pass that Bill. And here the government is trying to pass a Bill without any data, without any report. So I would like to ask the government how did they set the 8 lakh cap for this bill?”
Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks in Parliament
Ravi Shankar Prasad said in the Rajya Sabha that the country has given us the right to make and change laws in both the Houses. The only restriction is that basic structure of the Constitution should not be amended. The minister also said that the reservation does not come under the basic structure. “There are people from the Brahmin and Rajput communities who are poor as well. Are we not supposed to think about them,” he added.
Shiv Sena supports Quota Bill
Shiv Sena leader Anil Desai on supporting the bill said that there should be a mechanism to check the implementation of the Bill and eligibility criteria of the people covered under it.
Biju Janta Dal leader Prasanna Acharya supports the Quota Bill
Supporting the Quota Bill, Prasanna Acharya, BJD said, “We thank the government for bringing this Bill. They may have brought it late but at least they brought it.” However, Acharya also said that it is practically impossible to accommodate nearly 98% of the population which is out of the purview of current reservation system within 10% quota.
All India Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien refers bill as an “acknowledgement for not creating jobs”
TMC leader Derek O’Brien lashed out at Modi government saying, Quota bill is an acknowledgement of guilt for not creating enough jobs in the last 4 years. TMC leader Derek o Brien said, “This bill is an acknowledgement of guilt for not creating enough jobs in the last 4 years. The youth of the country is asking where are the jobs. You promised 2 crore jobs, instead, you are answering with Pakodanomics. The government has a problem of making promises and not fulfilling it. Startup India, Digital India. This new scheme is called Cheat India.”
“In the previous governments, 65-70 per cent bills used to get passed with scrutiny. Under this government, only 20 per cent have undergone scrutiny.” he added.
AIADMK leader A Navaneethakrishnan on Quota Bill, says “Can’t Pass a Bill Violating Basic Structure of the Constitution”
AIADMK leader A Navaneethakrishnan reportedly said the Parliament cannot pass a bill which violates the basic structure of the Constitution. He also said the bill is a violation of the fundamental rights of the people of Tamil Nadu.
Anand Sharma hits out at BJP, says “it’s time for you to present your report card”.
“The government promised to give 2 crore jobs every year in 2014. Forget about generating jobs, more than 1 crore people lost their jobs in the year 2018 itself.”
“You brought the bill in haste because you had to before the Model Code of Conduct comes into force, thinking that if not 2 crores then let’s dangle a carrot in front of the public, show them another dream that Modiji made arrangements for their children’s employment.”
“But the question is how many jobs are there. 34 lakh jobs are there in the central government and they have managed to create only 95,000.”
Quoting PIB data, Sharma said that jobs are getting lesser in the Public Sector Units (PSUs).
“In the PSUs of the country, in 2016 17 the jobs have come down from 11.85 lakhs to 11.31 lakhs. 54,000 jobs were lost in 2017. 43,000 lost in 2018. So you created 95k jobs and lost 97k jobs,” Sharma said.
“This 10% reservation covers 98% people of the country. Before coming to the session, I talked to a lot of economists and they told me that going by the current numbers, it would take 800 years to fulfill this promise.”
CPI(M) Leader Moves an Amendment Motion in the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill
CPI(M) leader and Rajya Sabha MP TK Rangarajan moves an amendment in The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019.
House adjourned till 2pm.
Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot on Quota Bill
This bill will uplift the poor of the nation. This decision has been taken with thorough consideration; Opposition comes into the well of the House as the minister speaks on the Bill.
Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot on 10% quota bill in Rajya Sabha: This bill will uplift the poor of the nation. This decision has been taken with thorough consideration; Opposition comes into the well of the House as the minister speaks on the Bill. pic.twitter.com/THZVUmiicZ
? ANI (@ANI) January 9, 2019
MoS Vijay Goel replies to Madhusudhan Mistry
On Madhusudhan Mistry statement, MoS Vijay Goyal said, “The Opposition especially Congress is bringing technical issues and wasting the Session’s time. This is an indirect protest. This is despite the fact that the Bill was passed in Lok Sabha and Prime Minister Modi had himself thanked the Opposition for their cooperation.”
Congress leader Madhusudhan Mistry says ‘Bill incomplete’
Congress leader Madhusudhan Mistry said the Bill is not complete and that the government cannot expect the voting on the day when it is introducing it in Rajya Sabha.
Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot introduces the Bill in Rajya Sabha
Amid protest by Opposition, Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot introduced the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill.The bill seeks to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category.
Quota Bill tabled in Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm.
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm amid ruckus created by the opposition parties over the one day extension of the House.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Defends Extension of Parliament Session
The country expects the House to function. As per normal working days, we should have been working. On most of the days, the House stood adjourned. There is one extra day to consider legislations: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
Parliament Extended As Important Bills Were To Be Passed: Vijay Goel
Union Minister Vijay Goel said that the Parliament session was extended by a day as important Bills were left to be passed.
The government wants to extend the functioning of the House by a day as there are important Bills to be passed: Vijay Goel
Ruckus in Rajya Sabha
Opposition parties have questioned the government’s move to extend the session by one day.
Opposition Holds Meeting in Parliament Premises
Opposition leaders hold meeting in Parliament premises over the Bills to be tabled today in the Rajya Sabha and on government’s move of extending the proceedings.