The Lok Sabha has approved a bill empowering state governments to prepare a list of castes for OBC reservation. The Lok Sabha has passed the bill by 386 votes, while there was no vote against it. Under the bill brought for the 127th amendment to the Constitution, the states will get the power to prepare the list for OBC reservation according to their own.
Now this bill will be introduced in Rajya Sabha for approval. After that, after the President’s signature, it will be implemented as a law across the country. With this new law, many states including Maharashtra will get an opportunity to include castes in the list of OBC reservation at the local level. Recently, the Maratha reservation was banned by the Supreme Court. After this the decision has been taken.
Adhir Ranjan, Akhilesh, Owaisi demand to abolish 50% limit
During the debate on this bill, many parties including the Congress have also demanded the central government to conduct a caste-based census. Apart from this, there has also been a demand to increase the reservation limit to more than 50 percent. Several leaders including Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, Congress’s Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi have made this demand. Akhilesh Yadav said that it is the need of the hour that caste based census should be conducted. If you do not do this, then after forming the Samajwadi government in UP, we will do so.
JDU also reiterated the demand for caste wise census
Not only this, JDU, which is supporting BJP at the Center and Bihar, has also demanded a caste-wise census. JDU MP Rajeev Ranjan Singh reiterated this demand in Parliament. Earlier, JDU chief and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has also made such a demand many times.