126th Constitution Amendment Bill
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Polity
- The reservation given to SCs, STs and the Anglo-Indian community for the past 70 years is to end on January 25, 2020
- The 126th Constitution Amendment Bill seeks to extend by 10 yearsreservation to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the Lok Sabha and the Assemblies
- The reservation has been included in Article 334 and therefore the bill seeks to amend the article.
- Article 334 lays down that the provisions for reservation of seats and special representation of Anglo-Indians, SC and ST will cease after 40 years. The clause was included in 1949. After 40 years, it is being amended with an extension of 10 years.
- A similar reservation for the Anglo-Indian community in Lok Sabha and state assemblies is not being extended, as per the provisions of the bill.
- According to Law Minster, there are only 296 members of the Anglo-Indian community in India.