Upper House gives nod to Backward Classes Commission Bill
Source :NewsBharati   Date :01-Aug-2017


New Delhi, Aug 1: The Rajya Sabha passed the Constitutional (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017 seeking constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes at par with the SC and ST Commission, with the government assuring that the new law will not encroach on the rights of the states or the federal structures.

The Bill was sent to the Select Committee of the Upper House. It was debat4ed at length in the Rajya Sabha before it was put to vote. The Select Committee headed by BJP MP Bhupendra Yadav. He submitted the report of the committee last week.

Union Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said that the BJP government has been and will always be in favour of reservations for the deprived classes of the society.He said that four amendments are being made in the Constitution under this Bill.

“No alteration will be made in the powers of the states or the federal structure,” Gehlot said. He said Articles 15 and Article 16 have not been amended and powers of the states will in no way be changed.

He emphasised that the backward commission will have the same powers as the SC and the ST Commission. “While framing rules rights of states will not be changed. There is no need to harbour any misgivings,” he said.