Rajya Sabha passes 117th Constitutional Amendment bill

Rajya Sabha today gave its nod to the 117th Constitution Amendment Bill providing reservation to Scheduled Castes and Scheuduled Tribes in promotions in government jobs.   Rajya Sabha passed the bill with overwhelming majority with the amendments moved by Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy. 206 members voted in favour of the bill while ten members voted against it. The Bill required two-third majority.
The bill provides for amendments to Article 16(4) of the Constitution that will allow states to reserve seats in promotion for SCs, STs without collecting data to show the backwardness of class and the inadequacy of that class in public appointments. Government earlier said that the officers belonging to general category need not worry from the proposed constitution amendment bill as it will not affect their promotion avenues.