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Reservation bill to grant 10 per cent quota in government jobs - a great human interest story
The Modi government's reservation bill to grant 10 per cent quota in government jobs and education for economically weaker sections irrespective of religion and caste was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

This quota is over and above the existing 50 per cent quota for the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), taking the total reservation up to 60 per cent. It is a great human interest story of the month. It is all about government jobs and facilities that have been fast depleting since the GST and Demonetisation adventures.

However, the popular magazine "OUTLOOK' has published another human interest story recently about a case that cropped up at a Nagpur police station. A youth had approached them with a complaint to find his "stolen" heart. The policemen found themselves in a strange situation as the youth wanted to file a complaint stating that a girl has "stolen" his heart and the policemen should get it back. His superiors informally discussed the issue and came to the conclusion that there is no section under Indian laws that deals with such a complaint. Finally, the policemen told the youth they don't have a solution to his problem and turned him away.

A shipai (a policeman in Maharashtra) in Mumbai was heard sharing a joke with his colleagues. It goes like this:

"Two friends were seeking advice of the lawyers how to proceed and resolve their serious differences. Intentions and ownership of the prime real estate property of India was the bone of contention. These uncouth, unkempt and bedraggled destitute were strolling along the Arabian Sea towpath at Nariman Point, opposite to 'Air – India' building, Mumbai. One of them had vehemently declared – "I've decided to purchase the entire esplanade surrounding the AI building of NP." They might have heard the rumour about the impending auction of the glorious building.

The other gentleman retorted with a snobbish smile: "But I'm not going to sell it."

The wise advocates of Mumbai, like the shrewd policemen in Nagpur told the dispirited youths that they didn't have a solution to their problem. There was no ownership document and also no cognizant offence. The advocates turned them away.

Obviously our policemen or men-of-law were not competent to solve the problem that exceeds their domain. However, good God, our politicians are NOT the one to disappoint the innocent unemployed masses of the country. It was witnessed in the Parliament on Wednesday and a day before that.

The RSS juggernaut once again played fast over opposition and left them aghast. It has stolen the thunders of Rafale of Congress party for the moment and sent them back rushing to their election drawing board. The opposition was left with no option but to fall in line. They wisely cut the sails according to the wind with 'KINTU' and 'PARANTU' as "Lekin" was not acceptable to BJP.

Of all the speeches delivered at the floor of both Houses I was fascinated by the delivery of the President of Republican Party of India - Shri Ramdas Athawale. It was a masterpiece of mediocrity. The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale began his speech in his usual way with poems and then pontificated that 'to win election one should do whatever is needed.' His recitation included digs at Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the assertion that Narendra Modi government would remain in power in 2019. Shri Athwale has been nominated from BJP's lone Rajya Sabha seat in the state, which was earlier represented by party's spokesperson Prakash Jawadekar. He had won the 2004 Lok Sabha elections with the help from Congress- Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and left the alliance after his loss in 2009. He claimed that NCP betrayed him and as a result he lost the elections.

In his usual creative way, he showed support for the reservation Bill. In its entirety it was a speech that qualifies the standards of 'human interest story.'

And here are some salient features about this drastic 'Reservation' measure in these drastic times as election of Lok Sahba is looming large over the horizon:

The Constitutional (124th amendment) Bill number was passed in the Upper House with 165 members voting in favour and only seven against it after a 10-hour debate. On Tuesday, the Lok Sabha had cleared the bill with 323 'ayes' and three members voting against it. The Rajya Sabha turned down a motion moved by DMK MP Kanimozhi to refer it to a select committee for further scrutiny by voice vote. The motion was backed by the Left parties, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and a few others, but 154 MPs voted against the motion while only 18 voted in favour. Two AAP MPs, Sanjay Singh and Sushil Gupta, reportedly walked out before the voting while AIADMK was also not present for the voting, having walked out in the morning.

The Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad reportedly justified the timing of the move using a cricket analogy, saying "sixes are hit only in the slog overs". He added that there are more 'sixers' in the pipeline. The Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot assured the Rajya Sabha during the debate that the reservation to SC, ST and OBCs will not be touched by the amendment.

The bill will now go to the President for his approval, after which it will become a law.

Prime Minister hailed the passage of the bill as "a victory for social justice" on social media yesterday. He tweeted. "It ensures a wider canvas for our Yuva Shakti to showcase their prowess and contribute towards India's transformation," read another post.

With the passing of the bill, the government now has an opportunity to provide jobs to 3 lakh general category individuals immediately under the new quota. It is interesting to note that the main challenge lies in filling more than 29 lakh posts that are lying vacant with the central and state governments, many for several years subject to likely crunch that relates to government expenditure.

Let us hope for the best! 

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