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Earlier, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot moved the Bill with the amendments passed by the Rajya Sabha.
The Bill seeks to grant the National Commission on Backward Classes (NCBC) constitutional status,
at par with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) and the National Commission
for Scheduled Tribes.
Currently, under the Constitution the NCSC has the power to look into complaints and welfare measures with regard to Scheduled Castes, backward classes and Anglo-Indians.
Initiating the discussion on the Bill, Rajeev Shankarrao Satav, Congress, said since there were 50 per cent women in the country, there should be scope for more women members in the Commission. He said that amendments moved by the House of Elders should be accepted.
He also said OBC income limit should be increased and lamented that scholarships of OBC graduates and post-graduates have been decreased.
Ganesh Singh, BJP, thanked and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing the amendments and added that the Bill was delayed unnecessarily. He said reservation policy was not implemented in institutions and the Prime Minister was following the path of development taking all communities together ''sabka saath, sabka vikas''.
About creamy layer, an important subject in Indian polity, he suggested that once a person has received reservation benefits then he should not get the advantage again. But, he should get the benefits at least once, he added.
Kalyan Banerjee, AITC, said it was good that the government has accepted their suggestion that the report of a case should be brought to the state government instead of governor. He said views of the state government were not taken into account by the commission.
Then Union Minister Giriraj Singh got up and protested that the AITC member was stating incorrect facts. Soon members of the ruling BJP and the Opposition AITC were up on their feet, hurling accusation on each other.
Amid din, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House till tomorrow.
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