Arun Jaitley dares Congress to walk the talk; asks them if ‘Quota for General Category’ was a jumla

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses the Foundation Day function of Security Printing Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL) in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo by Kamal Singh(PTI2_17_2017_000023B)

The controversial bill providing 10 percent quota to the poor among the general category will get passed or not is the larger question. Speaking at the house, Arun Jaitley said that almost every parties have shown support for the new guideline in their poll manifesto.

Arun Jaitley firstly cleared the air about the validity of the quota bill. He said the Supreme Court judgment will not interrupt the passing of the quota bill. The reason is clear and simple – the Supreme Court’s judgment imposes a cap of 50% on the total quota, also adding that the ceiling limit is for caste-based reservations. He said the bill seeks quota for the economically weaker sections in the general category.

Minister Jaitley also informed that the governments had tried to integrate this quota bill earlier also, but it couldn’t be made possible owing to common statutory provisions or notifications.

The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019 which is about to be introduced will have the reservation for the economically weaker sections of the society. The opposition party Congress cannot really raise the objection as they have included the clause in their own manifesto, which is the reason why Jaitley asked the Congress government to walk the talk. It has been described as a test for the opposition party.

The amendment currently mentions only social and educational backwardness as the criteria for quota.

The BJP in its manifesto also supported the measure and is now working to implement it, Jaitley said. if you are happy with the bill, you can approve it wholeheartedly and not with grudges, he added.

Once the bill is passed by the parliament, no other ratification will be needed to bring it into effect.



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