Reservation to SCs, STs in polls: UP Houses support amendment
Agencies Posted: Jan 21, 2010 at 1948 hrs
Lucknow The two Houses of the Uttar Pradesh Legislature on Thursday
unanimously passed a resolution supporting the 109th amendment in the
Constitution for continuing reservation for the Scheduled Castes and
Tribes in the Lok Sabha and the state Vidhan Sabhas.
The resolution moved by Chief Minister Mayawati in both the houses,
for continuing with the reservation of seats for the SCs and the STs
for another ten years, was unanimously passed.
The scheduled tenure for the reservation of seats – in place since
sixty years -- was coming to an end on January 25 and a constitutional
amendment Bill to enhance the period by another ten years has already
been passed by Parliament.
Meanwhile, an official release here said the Budget session of the
state legislature which is traditionally convened in February was
preponed for getting the bill passed within time.
"Chief Minister Mayawati is of the view that SCs and ST's social,
educational and economical progress has not been up to the mark
therefore there is a need to extend the reservation further," the
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