NEW DELHI, India — The Indian parliament passed a landmark bill on Wednesday reserving 10 percent of government jobs for people outside high income brackets.
Under the new amendment to the constitution, floated by Modi’s party days after those state defeats, people with an annual income below 800,000 rupees (8,891 pounds) and owning fewer than five acres of land would be eligible.
The lower house of parliament had already passed the bill and almost all political parties voiced their support for it in the upper house on Wednesday.
Delighted the Rajya Sabha has passed The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019.
Glad to see such widespread support for the Bill.
The House also witnessed a vibrant debate, where several members expressed their insightful opinions.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 9 januari 2019
India currently has job and education quotas for its lowest social classes, but this is the first time upper caste Hindus and people from other religions will benefit from affirmative action.
Joblessness in the world’s second most populous country shot up to a 15-month high in December — data from independent think-tank the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy.
The data also showed that India lost as many as 11-million jobs in 2018 with about 83% in rural areas, as operational costs surged for small businesses since the launch of a national sales tax in 2017 and an earlier ban on high value currency notes.