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Lok Sabha discusses 124th Constitution amendment bill
New Delhi Jan 08(Agencies)
The Centre has introduced the 124th constitutional amendment bill in the lower house. The bill aims to amend the constitution to provide 10% reservation in jobs and educational institutions to economically weaker sections.

Union minister for social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot introduced the bill in the lower house.

The bill seeks to amend Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution, introducing a clause for reservation for economically weaker sections in educational institutions and government jobs.

In a major move, the Union Cabinet had cleared a 10 per cent quota in government jobs and education for "economically weaker" sections on Monday.

The bill for the first time provides for non-caste, non-religion based reservation.

The proposed reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation enjoyed by the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes, and will take the total reservation to 60 per cent.

The Constitution, which has no mention of "economically weaker" people, will require an amendment to provide quota for them and at least two-thirds of the members in both the Houses will need to support the bill for it become a law.

Rajya Sabha's winter session has been extended by a day till Wednesday.
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