10% quota for the economically weak passed in Parliament

Wednesday 09th January 2019 11:49 EST

Rajya Sabha (Upper house) of the Indian Parliament today passes the Bill arguing for a 10 per cent quota in jobs and education for people from general category who also belong to the economically weaker sections.

The bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha will now need the signature of the President. Most parties have questioned the timing of the Bill, alleging that the government's move was meant to reap benefits in the coming national elections. Pointing out that polls are held in the country every few months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a push for simultaneous elections.

The "Constitution (One Hundred and Twenth-Four Amendment) Bill, 2019'' was presented in the Rajya Sabha today by Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot. 

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