Cabinet approved a Constitution Amendment Bill to provide 10 percent reservation

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Cabinet approved a Constitution Amendment Bill to provide 10 percent reservation

Cabinet approved a Constitution Amendment Bill to provide 10 percent reservation

08 January 2019 Current Affairs:

The Cabinet approved a Constitution Amendment Bill to provide 10% reservation to the economically backward sections in the general category. The Bill will also cover those from the Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist and other minority communities. 
The quota will be over and above the existing 50% reservation to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes (OBC). The government is likely to bring a Constitution Amendment bill in Parliament. According to article 368, the Bill must be passed in each House by an absolute majority (over 50% of total membership) and a two-thirds majority of members present and voting.
Eligibility:
♦ People earning Iess lakh annually
♦ People who own farm land below 5 acres
♦ People own a measuring less than 1,000 sq ft
♦ In its famous lndra Sawhney judgment, the Supreme Court had set a ap of 50% on quotas
♦ A Constitutional Amendment Bill would be required as the Constitution does not provide for reservation on the ground of economic conditions. It envisages Amendments to Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution

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