Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday welcomed the Constitution Amendment Bill providing for 10 per cent reservation for economically backward upper catses and demanded that the government should move ahead for reservation in private sector.
Particiapting in a debate in the Lok Sabha, Paswan said the move was a big step towards government's resolve "sabka sath, sabka vikas" and would not be a cause for social confrontation.
"I am happy that government has brought this Bill that provides reservation for the economically backward upper castes. This Bill does not disturb the existing 50 per cent reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes," he said.
Urging the House to pass the Bill, he demanded the government should now move ahead to provide reservation in private sector and also bring transparency in Indian judicial services.
"Put this Bill into the ninth schedule so that no one goes for a judicial review. There is a shortage of government jobs but the present government can't be held responsible for it. So I would urge you to provide reservation in private sector. I would also request you to bring transparency in Indian judicial services so that all castes have representation there," he said.
Paswan, a Dalit leader and chief of LJP, hailed the Modi government for its pro-poor schemes and decisions and said that if this Bill is passed, Narendra Modi would again become Prime Minister in 2019.
AIADMK's Thambi Durai said that despite reservation for SCs and STs, equality has not prevailed in the society.
He said that quota cannot be based on economic status and the Bill will be struck down for sure in courts.
"For the economically weaker sections, this government has brought several pro-poor schemes and the reservation is needed only if government schemes have failed," he said.
"Will it solve the problem of youths or just a gimmick? Or is it a move to win Lok Sabha elections?" he asked.
He said that if government was serious about reservation, it should have brought the Women Reservatill Bill.
Shiv Sena supported the Bill, but questioned its timing.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)