Meghalaya Assembly ratifies 126th Constitution Amendment Bill 2019

Meghalaya Assembly ratifies 126th Constitution Amendment Bill 2019
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SHILLONG | JAN 20, 2020:

The Meghalaya State Assembly today ratified the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019, as passed by both the Houses of Parliament to extend the reservation to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies for another 10 years.

This provision which has been provided for a period of 70 years since the enactment of the Constitution will expire on January 25 this year.

The Bill seeks to extend the reservation for SCs and STs by another 10 years till January 25, 2030.

Prior to the adoption of the resolution by the Assembly, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma said that this ten years practice has been there for a very long time adding that the reservation for the Anglo-Indians will be kept for 70 years and will not be extended to 80 years.

Opposition leader Dr. Mukul Sangma stated that one voice should emanate from the House to extend the 10 years period to seek clarification from the state keeping in the mind the vulnerability of ST and SC communities.

Dr. Mukul also mentioned on the possibility of extending the 10 year period.

The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha passed he Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the month of December, 2019 and has forwarded to the State Legislature for ratification before the Bill is placed for assent of the President of India. 

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