Constitution Amendment Bill extending SC ST reservation introduced in Lok Sabha

The bill aims to extend the reservation given to SCs, STs for the past 70 years which ends on January 25, 2020. Representative purpose only. Photo: PTI

A bill that seeks to amend the Indian Constitution by extending by ten years the reservation given to SCs and STs in Lok Sabha and state assemblies was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday (December 9).

A similar reservation for the Anglo-Indian community in Lok Sabha and state assemblies is not being extended. The reservation given to SCs, STs and the Anglo-Indian community for the past 70 years is to end on January 25, 2020.

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Saugat Roy (TMC) opposed the introduction of the Constitution (126th) Amendment Bill, saying the Anglo-Indian community is being deprived. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said as of now, there are only 296 members of the Anglo-Indian community. Roy’s opposition was rejected by a voice vote.

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