Rajya Sabha passes Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017 with amendments

Rajya Sabha passes Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017 with amendments

The Rajya Sabha today passed the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-third Amendment) Bill, 2017 with amendments.

The bill seeks to create a new commission with constitutional status for the OBCs at par with the National Commissions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Replying to the discussion, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot allayed Members’ concern that the bill will encroach upon the rights of the states. He said, there is no attempt to reduce the rights of states and attack the federal structure.

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