Rajya Sabha Cleared 10 percent quota for economically weak in general category

Last Updated: January 10, 2019

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Rajya Sabha Cleared 10 percent quota for economically weak in general category
10 January 2019 Current Affairs: A day after Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha on 9th January , 2019 passed the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Fourth Amendment) Bill 2019 to introduce a 10% reservation for economically weaker sections among general category for jobs and educational institutions.
The bill was supported by 165 members while seven members voted against it.
The bill had the support of 323 lawmakers in the lower house.
The quota is over and above 50 percent mandated for the SCs, STs and the OBCs.
The major castes to benefit from the proposed law are Brahmins, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Marathas, Bhumihars, several trading castes, Kapus and Kammas among other upper castes.
The Bill amends Article 15 of the Constitution, by adding a clause which allows states to make "special provision for the advancement of any economically weaker sections of citizens".

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