Bill for creating National Commission for Backward Classes moved in RS

8/6/2018

New Delhi, The Bill to create the National Commission for Backward Classes and to grant it Constitutional status was on Monday moved in the Rajya Sabha with the Government saying that it was aimed at fulfilling a long standing demand to provide succour to the members of the backward classes. Moving the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-third Amendment) Bill, 2017, passed by the Lok Sabha with amendments, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot said, 'the Bill is aimed at giving Constitutional status to the OBC Commission. This is to fulfill a long standing demand to provide succour to the members of the backward classes.' Calling it a ‘need of the hour’, Mr Gehlot said,'the constitution of the commission will ensure that the problems of the OBC community are taken into account. In this sense, the Bill reflects the will of the people.’’ He sought the members help to pass the Bill since it was unanimously passed in the Lower House. The Bill was originally returned to the Lok Sabha by the Rajya Sabha after adding a few amendments. Last week, the Lok Sabha effectively nullified Rajya Sabha's amendments. Initiating the debate on the Bill, Mr B K Hariprasad of the Congress said he noted that the Upper House had played a significant role in enhancing the Bill. Thanking the Government for accepting many of the suggestions given by the Rajya Sabha and incorporating them in the legislation, Mr Hariprasad suggested that the creamy layer clause must go as many OBCs are not being given chance in UPSC. He lamented that many want to restrict the reservation to 50 per cent, even after the Supreme Court has clearly said there is no such ban, he says. Mr Hariprasad said the commission should have a woman member and a person from the minorities. At the same time, he clarified that ‘’minority is not just Muslim’’.He also noted that not many OBC judges are present in the higher judiciary.

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