Following the Directive Principle enshrined in the Article 46 of the Indian Constitution, the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly taken the historic decision of providing 10% reservation to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) among the General Category. Article 46 recommends State to promote with special care the education and economic interests of weaker sections of society.
To bring this into effect, a constitutional amendment is required. Thus, the government has introduced the 124th Constitutional Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha on January 08, 2019.
What is 124th Constitutional Amendment Bill
This amendment inserts a new clause in Article 15 and Article 16 of the Constitution as Article 15(6) Article 16(6) respectively.
Currently, people belonging to EWS largely remain excluded from getting into higher educational institutions and public employment, principally due to their economic backwardness, vis-à-vis people who are economically more privileged.
This decision assures that they will get equal opportunity in education and employment, which is also an objective of the Indian Constitution.
124th Constitutional Amendment Bill 2019
Thus, this decision, without disturbing any current scheme of reservation in India, will further promote the interests of hitherto excluded weaker sections of society.