President Kovind Clears 10% Quota For Poor, Makes It A Law


New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind has signed the 10 per cent reservation bill to grant quota to the economically weaker section. Earlier this week, the bill was cleared by both Houses of the Parliament with most of the Opposition supporting the legislation.

The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday cleared the bill to amend the Constitution to give 10 per cent quota to the economically weaker section, irrespective of religion and caste, thus paved the way for the bill to become a law soon.

The House, however, turned down the Opposition’s demand to send the bill to a select committee for further deliberation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the bill to give 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education to the general category poor will boost the “self-confidence of new India”, asserting that existing quota policy for SCs, STs and OBCs is as strong as it was and will remain so.