New Delhi: A proposed law to provide 10 per cent quota in jobs and education for people from general category, whose annual income is less than 8 lakhs got passed from the Rajya Sabha today.
The demand by some opposition parties that it be sent to a select committee for scrutiny, was turned down. The bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha yesterday, will now have to be signed off by the President.
Most parties have called the government’s move a political stunt ahead of the national elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who called the law a “victory for social justice”, pointed out that elections are held in the country every few months.
RJD and AIDMK opposed the bill in Rajya Sabha. 165 lawmakers voted for it while 7 voted against it.