Lok Sabha to vote on Quota Bill today
The constitutional amendment for reservation in promotion for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes government employees will be taken up for discussion and vote in the Lok Sabha today.
The Rajya Sabha has already passed the quota bill. Despite strong opposition from the Samajwadi Party (SP), the bill was passed by a majority vote of 184 for and eight against out of the total number of 192 votes.
Minister of State in Prime Minister's office V. Narayanasamy, who introduced the bill in the Rajya Sabha, said it seeks to correct the "inadequacy" in representation of SCs and STs in higher positions in government jobs.
"We are convinced that they are backward per se. The government is committed to providing reservations in promotions. This is the commitment of our government and the party," he said.
However, senior SP leader Mohan Singh had earlier said that his party would oppose the bill seeking to provide quota in promotions.
"Supreme Court has denied an approval thrice, but the government is still after making a bill on it. We will oppose it," he said.
Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has termed the proposed legislation on SC/ST quota in promotion to be anti-national, has hinted at withdrawing support from the Congress-led UPA Government if the bill is passed.
The quota bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in the Monsoon Session, but could not be taken up due to disruption on coal block issue.
Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party has been demanding that the bill be passed, but the Samajwadi Party (SP) is opposing it.