AIADMK Hits Rewind On Quota Bill, "Had PM Given 15 Lakh To Each Person..."

AIADMK Hits Rewind On Quota Bill, "Had PM Given 15 Lakh To Each Person..."

AIADMK Hits Rewind On Quota Bill, "Had PM Given 15 Lakh To Each Person..." (file image)

New Delhi: The quota bill debate had witnessed a surprising argument from the AIADMK. Lawmaker M Thambi Durai said that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi had delivered Rs. 15 lakh to each Indian as promised, none of this would have been required, referring to a pre-election promise that is regularly raised by the Congress and other opposition parties. 

Mr Thambi Durai said, "PM Modi promised Rs. 15 lakh in each account. Had he implemented it, there would be no need for this Bill." Raising questions on the process of implementation of the bill, he added that new law will only increase corruption. He said, "People may pay bribe and get a certificate that he/she is poor."

As per the proposed law, 10 per cent quota will be reserved for people from general category who also belong to the economically weaker sections. This reservation will be over and above the 50 per cent quota allowed by the Supreme Court for Scheduled Castes and Tribes and Other Backward Classes. But only people who earn less than Rs. 8 lakh a year and own less than five acres of land, will be eligible for the quota.

Mr Thambi Durai argued that quota is not required, since there are many schemes for the poor, "Have government schemes for the poor failed? There are enough schemes. This reservation bill which you are bringing will be struck down by the Supreme Court".

The centre has said that the fresh quota overshoots the 50 per cent cap on reservation set by the Top Court, it will not fall foul of the court. Arun Jaitley, the Union Finance Minister told parliament today that this is because the cap is on caste-based reservations. He added that the basis of the 10 per cent quota is economy, not caste. 

Several parties have decided to support the proposed law, despite their grudges, given the huge section of people the proposed law is expected to benefit, several opposition parties have decided to back it despite grudges. The Congress, which said it backs the issue, has suggested moving the bill to a select committee of parliament.