The bill was passed by a vote of 323 ayes versus only 3 nays.
Lok Sabha passes Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019 with 323 'ayes'. The bill will provide reservation for economically weaker section of the society in higher educational institutions pic.twitter.com/mzsHxQoUva
The 10% quota can be availed by people in the general category — that is everybody other than the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, and the other backward classes — whose incomes are lower than Rs 8 lakh an annum and who own less than five acres of land. The quota is for government jobs and educational institutions.
The 10% quota however will take the current reservations offered by the central government above the 50% cap ordered by the Supreme Court.
After the bill was passed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter that the passage of the "Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha is a landmark moment in our nation’s history."
He added that his government was "resolutely committed to the principle of sabka saath, sabka vikas.
"It is our endeavour to ensure that every poor person, irrespective of caste or creed gets to lead a life of dignity, and gets access to all possible opportunities."
We are resolutely committed to the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.’
It is our endeavour to ensure that every poor person, irrespective of caste or creed gets to lead a life of dignity, and gets access to all possible opportunities.
Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on LS passes Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019: I felt good as my children used to ask me 'what about us, what about economically weak, will only caste matter?'. Many questions were answered today. It'll be very beneficial in the long run. pic.twitter.com/saBTJXxoLC
Rajnath Singh: It's a historic bill. Those people who couldn't get the benefits of reservation till now will be benefited. It had been a demand of people since a long time. This bill has been brought in interest of the nation. I'm assured that it'll be passed in Rajya Sabha also pic.twitter.com/S61LobNHHP