Modi govt set to extend reservation for SC/ST and Anglo Indians

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is set to renew the reservation provided to the marginalized communities like Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Anglo-Indians in the Parliament and the state legislatures.

Sources told ANI that the government is likely to further amend Article 334 of the Constitution which proposes to extend the reservation for these marginalized sections for another ten years.

The move was set in motion after a meeting took place of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) top brass which was attended by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister and party chief Amit Shah, Parliamentary Affairs minister Pralhad Joshi, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Leader of House in Rajya Sabha and Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot.

The closed-door meeting was held at Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s chamber.

Also, two MoS Parliamentary affairs V Murleedharan and Arjun Ram Meghwal and also senior officials from all ministries were a part of this meeting.

The top sources told ANI that the Centre is preparing the Bill to extend the 10 year period of reservation provided to the marginalized communities.
The need for an extension of the law was felt as the current reservation provision will end on January 26, 2020, and the government wants to get the approval of the Parliament ahead of the deadline.

This move is expected to have massive ramifications on the nation’s political landscape. The step will be significant as the BJP is often portrayed as the party against reservation.

Sources further stated that this step is expected to send across a message that the Narendra Modi government is with the marginalized sections of society.

It is learnt that there have been several representations by these communities for the extension of reservation provided to them in various legislatures under the Indian constitution.

Sources stated that the Law and Justice Ministry has also been directed to formulate a draft at the earliest so that it can be introduced in the Parliament for its timely approval.

According to the Ministry of Law and Justice Article 334 of the Constitution lays down that the provisions of the Constitution relating to the reservation of seats for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the representation of the Anglo-Indian community by nomination in the Lok Sabha and in the Legislative Assemblies of the States shall cease to have effect on the expiration of a period of thirty years from the commencement of the constitution.

Although the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes have made considerable progress in the last thirty years, the reasons which weighed with the Constituent Assembly in making provisions with regard to the aforesaid reservation of seats and nomination of members, have not ceased to exist.

It is, therefore, proposed to continue the reservation for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the representation of Anglo-Indians by the nomination for a further period of ten years.