Here are some political comments on 10% quota for economically weaker category.
Despite passing a constitutional amendment bill to provide a 10% quota to the economically weaker sections of the general category, political parties especially the opposition ensured that their habit of taking pot-shots at any move of the BJP led NDA government was continued. A heated four and a half hour debate on the final day of the Winter session in the Lok Sabha saw the newly introduced Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty- Fourth Amendment) Bill rake up a hotbed of issues with the government clearing the air on the newly proposed legislation while the opposition tried its best to undermine the government proposal in their bid to snatch the credits for it from the government.
With the entire political fraternity in attendance when the bill was tabled by the NDA, callings like a ‘jhumla bill’ to the bill and a pre-poll stunt of the Modi government were at the forefront of the accusations hurled by the parties who currently make up the opposition segment. Unsavoury comments were not spared by ministers from the other side with some cringe-worthy words making their appearance as the debate passed.
We take a look at what each side, party and minister had to say in relation to the bill ahead of its move to the lower house, the Rajya Sabha, where it will be tougher for the BJP to ensure its safe passage, given they don’t hold the majority in that part of the house.
Political Comments On 10% Quota For Economically Weaker Category
Historic effort:Thawarchand Gehlot
There is a need to make “historic” efforts, Union minister Thawarchand Gehlot told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday while moving a constitutional amendment bill to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to economically backward section in the general category. He said that there is a need to bring the economically backward section to the mainstream and this is what the government is trying to achieve with the introduction of this amendment to the constitution.
Have govt. schemes for the poor failed: AIADMK’s M Thambidurai
“Have govt. schemes for the poor failed? There are enough schemes. This reservation bill which you are bringing will be struck down by the Supreme Court,” said M Thambidurai of AIADMK.
How did the word economically backward people come to India: AP Jitender Reddy, TRS
“How did the word economically backward people come to India? India was once called the Golden bird, but the government that came into power after independence failed to provide proper infrastructure to the people”, said AP Jitender Reddy, TRS.
Political betrayal: RJD’s Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav
“They are betraying us, it’s a political betrayal. Increase SC/STs Reservation to 85% and then give 10% to the economically weaker section of the general category” said RJD’s Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav.
Give priority to those from govt institutions: Upendra Kushwaha, RLSP
“I suggest that priority must be given to those who pass out from government schools, and then what is left should be given to those from private schools. Also, there must be reserved private sector jobs,” said Upendra Kushwaha, RLSP.
“Also, please explain the logic behind 10% reservation, why not 15%, 8%, 5% or 5%,” he asked.
At the forefront of the opposition’s side of the debate were questions like there being no definition or mention of the economically weaker section in the Constitution of India. It also expressed concern over the 50% ceiling, one that the BJP refuted saying that there was no ceiling for the general category
It also demanded the establishment of the All India Judicial Services and the inclusion of reservation in the examination and called for a caste census conducted and to make the population of SC, ST, and OBC public.
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One of the favourite lines that came up time and time again from opposition ministers was calling the bill a jhumla bill and a farce, an allegation put to rest by the BJP who reminded the Congress that this was a proposed amendment in the manifesto of their own party.
Following the discussions on the reservation bill that reserves 10% for economically weaker upper caste sections in Lok Sabha voting commenced, with 323 Ayes the bill underlined the cross-party line support it had garnered.
“I thank MPs from all the parties who supported The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha.
I also appreciate those MP colleagues who enriched today’s debate with their views,” tweeted PM Narendra Modi.
Despite the objections raised in the debate, each party were fully aware of the political significance this bill holds especially ahead of the general elections. With this playing on their mind, everyone decided to get on board, hilarious given some of the allegations and reservations thrown around by them.
A person whose family has a gross annual income below Rs 8 lakh will be identified as EWS for the benefit of reservation. The family includes “the person who seeks the benefit of reservation, his/ her parents and siblings below the age of 18 years as also his/ her spouse and children below the age of 18 years”. Also, income will cover all sources such as salary, agriculture, business, profession etc.
Families owning agricultural land above five-acre, a house above 1000 square feet, or 100-yard plot or above in a notified municipal area or a plot of 200 yards or above in a non-notified municipal area cannot avail the benefits of the 10% quota for economically weaker general category.