Union Minister of Law and Justice introduced the Constitution (126th Amendment Bill) 2019, in the Lok Sabha, that provides to further amend Article 334 of the Constitution proposing to extend the reservation for these marginalised sections for another 10 years.
The proposed amendment does away with the reservation provided to the Anglo-Indian community in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures.
The need for bringing in the Bill was felt as the current reservation provision ends on January 26, 2020, and the government wants to get the approval of parliament ahead of the deadline.
The Bill amends provisions related to reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).
The Constitution provides for reservation ofseats for SCs and STs and representation of the Anglo-Indian community by nomination, in Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies of states. This has been provided for a period of 70 years since the enactment of the Constitution and will expire on January 25, 2020. The Bill seeks to extend the reservation for SCs and STs by another 10 years till January 25, 2030.