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Lok Sabha passes Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019, Unanimous decision extends reservation for SCs & STs for 10 years

Lok Sabha cleared the bill for the extension of reservation for SCs (Scheduled Castes) and STs (Scheduled Tribes) on Tuesday for the next 10 years. On the passage of the above-mentioned bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his happiness.

Lauding his Bhartiya Janta Party government’s dedicated efforts towards citizen empowerment, Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter, “I am overjoyed on the unanimous passage of the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019 that extends SC/ST reservations for ten more years. We are unwaveringly committed towards the empowerment of our citizens, especially the marginalized.”

Lower House of the parliament cleared the passage of the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019, with a total of 355 members supporting the bill. Interestingly, no member opposed the bill. As per the previous amendment, the reservation for the SCs and STs communities was set to end on January 25, 2020.

The bill also saw few members raising their concern over Bill’s inadequate safeguards for looking after extending the reservation for Anglo-Indians. Responding to this, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assured the House that his government will surely take a call on the matter.

Ravi Shankar Prasad also took to Twitter to share his happiness with the passage of the bill.

Speaking on the passage of the bill, Speaker Om Birla said that the Constitution (Amendment) Bill was passed by a majority of the total membership of the House and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members present and voting, which is a case of special majority.

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