NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday has said the passage of the quota bill as a victory of social justice.
He added that it will ensure a broader canvas for the youth to showcase their prowess and contribute towards the country's transformation.
“Passage of The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in both Houses of Parliament is a victory for social justice. It ensures a wider canvas for our Yuva Shakti to showcase their prowess and contribute towards India’s transformation”, he tweeted.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley called it an endeavour to ensure empowerment of all.
“ The Constitution 124th Amendment Bill provides reservation to economically weaker sections of the society in higher educational institutions and in jobs. This endeavour of the government led by the PM Narendra Modi now ensures social justice and empowerment for all, Sabha Saath Sabha Vikas”, Jaitly tweeted.
The criteria for deciding on economically weaker sections would be based on the size of land holding and income of families.
“The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took the decision for people belonging to "unreserved categories", including Christians and Muslims, in jobs and education with an annual income limit of Rs 8 lakh and landholding ceiling of about five acres”, the government sources had said on Monday.
Even though, the house also witnessed a vibrant debate as several members expressed their insightful opinion.
Questioning the timing of the Bill passed, the Congress and the opposition in Rajya Sabha Wednesday slammed the ruling BJP saying the government was playing election "politics".
The Parliament on Wednesday approved the constitution (124thamendment) bill was approved by the Rajya Sabha with 165 votes in favour and seven against. After a day-long debate, a day after the Lok Sabha passes it with 323 votes against 3 votes.