Rajya Sabha passes promotion quota bill
New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the constitution amendment bill to provide reservations in promotions for the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and the Scheduled Tribes (STs).
The Constitution (One Hundred Seventeenth Amendment) Bill, 2012 was passed with 206 members voting for the amendment and 10 voting against after a two-day debate.
The bill, a major demand of the Bahujan Samaj Party, was strongly opposed by the Samajwadi Party (SP). Samajwadi Party member Ram Gopal Yadav said the provision of "consequential seniority" in promotions was wrong and created heartburn among people.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had suggested that the government reconsider provisions in the bill related to Article 335 which deals with efficiency in administration.
The Congress announced the names of its new working committee members, a day ahead of the Union Cabinet reshuffle.
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