New Delhi, January 10: The government on Monday extended the Rajya Sabha proceedings during the winter session of parliament by a day till January 9. The decision was taken so that various pending bills including 10 percent upper caste reservation bill can be passed in the upper house before the session ends. As per sources, Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has agreed to the government’s request and extended the proceedings by a day. 10% Reservation For Economically Weak Upper Castes Approved by Modi Cabinet: Check List of People Eligible For This Quota.
The winter session of parliament that started on December 11 was scheduled to end on Tuesday, January 8. The government has been trying to push the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 in the Upper House, which has already been passed by the Lok Sabha. The Rajya Sabha could not take it up because of opposition's reservations over the proposed legislation and its insistence on sending the bill to a parliamentary panel. Modi Government’s Move of Upper Caste Reservation Is Election Gimmick: Congress.
The government has also been trying to push the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018, The National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill, 2019, The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2018, and The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018, among others.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union Government's cabinet today approved 10 percent reservation for economically backward upper caste for all religious communities in jobs and education sector. The reservation will apply to people belonging to a higher caste, but will not be specific to any religion. The government will table the proposed bill in the Lok Sabha tomorrow and will be looking to get it passed in the upper house before the winter session ends.
(With agency inputs)