Rajya Sabha Current Affairs - 2020

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Rajya Sabha approves controversial Quota Bill by huge majority

Rajya Sabha passed a Constitution (117th Amendment) Bill, 2012, providing for quota for SCs and STs in government job promotions with an overwhelming vote of 206 in the 245-member House.

The Bill was vociferously opposed by members of Samajwadi Party warning it can have very serious fall-out and may be challenged in court.

As this Bill was a Constitution amendment bill, it required two-third majority for its approval, which was easily surpassed as 206 voted in favour in the House, where 216 members were present.

The Bill provides for amendments to Article 16(4) of the Constitution that will allow states to reserve seats in promotion for SCs and STs without collecting data to show the backwardness of class and inadequacy of that class in public appointments.

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FDI in retail passed in the Rajya Sabha also

The UPA government secured a second victory as FDI in retail was passed in the Rajya Sabha. It had already won vote in Lok Sabha.

As seen by the government, this win will give fillip to implement economic reform agenda seen as crucial to revitalizing growth and slashing a swollen fiscal deficit.

The policy will open paths for foreign supermarkets to come into the country. It will facilitate global retailers such as Wal-Mart to establish shops in the country’s $450 billion retail sector, and is targeted at attracting more overseas investment and controlling inflation.

Why BJP is opposing it?

BJP wants a 26 percent cap set on investment, which was recommended by the standing committee on finance, against the government’s proposed 49 %.

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