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LS Passes Bill to Extend SC/ST Quota for 10 years

Lok Sabha on Tuesday unanimously passed a Constitution amendment bill to extend reservation to SCs and STs in Lok Sabha and state assemblies by another 10 years even though the opposition slammed the government for not giving the benefit to the Anglo-Indian community.

Responding to the debate on the Constitution (126th) Amendment Bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asserted that quota in legislatures for SCs and STs was required to build a new political leadership of the two communities.

He also said that the government is against the concept of “creamy layer” for the SC, ST communities as they are anyway backward and should not be “segregated” on such lines.

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