15
Saturday
December 2018
10:49 AM IST
News Headlines
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner possible next chief of staff: US media        Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign, says his son after court setback        Rahul Gandhi After Rafale Verdict: "Will Prove PM Helped Anil Ambani"        Author Amitav Ghosh Honoured With 54th Jnanpith Award        Supreme Court sees no wrongdoing in Rafale deal, rules out probe        India bowled a little bit short, Australia pacers could benefit: Border        ISL: FC Goa thrash NorthEast United 5-1        BWF World Tour Finals: PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma Register Easy Wins To Enter Semifinals        Diving legend says HIV-contracted friend inspired him to Olympic gold        India beat Pakistan to reach final of Emerging Teams Asia Cup        Boosting exports key to make India $5-tn economy by 2025: Kant        Prabhu, US Commerce Secretary to discuss trade issues on Feb 14        Ceasefire for key Yemen port agreed at peace talks: UN        Britain's May sees no 'immediate breakthrough' at EU        Poll results prove Ram Temple or communal polarisation doesn't cut ice with people: Sinha        Ashok Gehlot appeals to Cong workers in Raj to maintain peace        Rahul tweets pic with Kamal Nath, Scindia as race for CM moves to Bhopal        Aussies will fight back, but India has upper hand: Ghavri        World Tour Finals: Tough road ahead for Sindhu; Sameer too eyes knockout berth        Govt should consider 100% FDI in multi-brand retail trade: CII report        
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | Health   | About Deepika 
National News
Govt tables amended OBC bill in Lok Sabha
 
(New Delhi, Jan 3, 2018): The government today tabled in the Lok Sabha the crucial OBC bill, proposing to negate the amendments proposed by the Rajya Sabha in the last session, with the ruling BJP asserting that it underscored the government's commitment to empower backward classes.

The bill, which proposes constitutional status for the OBC commission, carries most of the provisions it had in its original version passed by the Lok Sabha before the opposition got amendments passed in the Upper House in the last session.

However, the discussion on the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill 2017 had an abrupt end due to heated exchanges between union minister Giriraj Singh and TMC member Kalyan Banerjee, which led Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House till tomorrow.

Singh objected to Banerjee's accusation that the BJP of not taking the views of other parties on the matter and suggested that the OBCs had opposed it in the Gujarat polls.

A BJP member accused Banerjee of giving wrong information while Singh alleged that the TMC member had called him names.

Rejecting the charge, Banerjee said the opposition was being threatened, following which a din erupted in the House leading to its adjournment.

Earlier, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot tabled the bill which, he said, seeks to reject the amendments inserted in the original bill by the Rajya Sabha.

The bill also says that the proposed National Commission for Backward Classes will give its report concerning a state to the state government and not to the Governor as said in the original bill passed by the Lok Sabha in the Monsoon Session.

Gehlot said opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha had demanded that the Act should make provisions for a woman and a member from minority communities in the commission.

He said he had agreed to make provision for including a woman in the commission in the rules, which will guide its functioning, but there was no need for a quota for minority communities as a Minority Commission already exists.

The opposition then moved an amendment to delete the Clause 3, which dealt with its composition, and it was carried by the Rajya Sabha, he said, proposing to restore the clause.

Rajiv Satav (Congress) said there should be a separate ministry to deal with issues involving OBCs, which make up for over 52 per cent of population, and demanded that there should be more than five members in the commission to make it more representative.

The government should adopt good suggestions given by the opposition parties, he said.

Ganesh Singh (BJP) said the government has proved that it was for empowering the OBCs and the bill underscored this commitment. He asked Gehlot to make the census data public so that population of different OBC communities could be known.

He claimed that despite a quota for OBCs, many government institutions were not executing it and gave the example of AIIMS in Patna. In many places, OBC candidates who qualify on the basis of their merit are put in the reserved category.

Singh also sought removal of creamy layer, which bars those members of backward classes whose family income is above a stipulated limit, in reservation. Instead, if somebody has benefitted from reservation once, should not get its benefit again, he said.

Banerjee hit out at the BJP, saying it should not claim that it was the party which gave all benefits to OBCs and accused its members of making election speeches.

He, however, welcomed the new provision that requires the commission to give its report to the state government concerned and not to the Governor, saying "good sense" has prevailed.

The discussion on the legislation remained inconclusive as the House was adjourned for the day.(PTI)


Rahul Gandhi After Rafale Verdict: "Will Prove PM Helped Anil Ambani"
Author Amitav Ghosh Honoured With 54th Jnanpith Award
Poll results prove Ram Temple or communal polarisation doesn't cut ice with people: Sinha
Ashok Gehlot appeals to Cong workers in Raj to maintain peace
Three policemen killed in Shopian by terrorists; weapons snatched
13 of 19 Rajasthan ministers lose elections; CM Vasundhara Raje retains her seat
Clear message to Modi that People are unhappy and it is time for change: Rahul on poll results
BJP mocks Oppn meet, asks them to reveal PM candidate's name
RBI Governor Urjit Patel makes loud noise with silent exit
Can special consideration be shown to man with skin disorder: HC asks Centre
BJP files caveat in SC over 'rath yatra' in WB
More than 225 terrorists killed in J&K so far this year: Army
Glad key people shedding fear, breaking silence on govt decisions: Chidambaram
Krishnamurthy Subramanian appointed as Chief Economic Advisor for 3 years
TN Governor meets Modi, discusses issues of state
Christian Michel sent to 5-day CBI custody by court in VVIP chopper case
Mamata asks people to uphold the secular fabric of the country
Bulandshahr violence: UP CM meets slain inspector's family
Kashmir Valley records sub-zero temp on Tuesday night
Telangana set for change: Rahul Gandhi
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Vaikom Vijayalekshmi ties knot with Anoop
 Vaikom: Playback singer Vaikom Vijayalekshmi has tied knot with Anoop N. at Vaikom Mahadeva temple.  
Mohanlal's Odiyan: Official trailer launched
Mammootty narrates Odiyan's intro?
Sradha Kapoor as Saina Nehwal: First look poster is out.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner possible next chief of staff: US media
 (Washington, Dec 14, 2018):Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is on t
Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign, says his son after court setback
Ceasefire for key Yemen port agreed at peace talks: UN
Britain's May sees no 'immediate breakthrough' at EU
KERALA NEWS
Activist Rehana Fathima, Who Attempted Sabarimala Trek, Arrested Over Facebook Post
 (Kochi, Nov 28, 2018): Model and activist Rehana Fathima, who tried to reach Kerala's Sabarim
Good news for Keralite Nurses: IELTS cut-off reduced to 6.5
BJP leader K Surendran, 71 others granted bail
Sabarimala protests: Arrests up to 2061, Kerala HC warns police
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2018 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.