Lok Sabha approves Constitution (118th Amendment) Bill, 2012

Lok Sabha approved the Constitution (118th Amendment) Bill, 2012 which seeks to provide special status to six backward districts in the Hyderabad Karnataka region, with provision for reservation in education and jobs for local people.

The Bill introduces a new Article 371-J to provide special recognition for the six backward districts in north Karnataka: Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal and Bellary.

The Bill provides for creation of a separate development board and equitable allocation of funds for development of the region. In addition to this, it will provide quota in public employment through establishment of local cadres and reservation in education and vocational training institutions for those who belong to the region by birth or domicile.

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