The special session of the Bihar assembly convened on January 13 to ratify the SC/ST reservation bill

PATNA: A special session of January 13 was convened to ratify the bill of the Constitution (Amendment 126) which proposes to extend the reserve for SC/ST in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies for another 10 years, said President Vijay Kumar Choudhary on Saturday.

“The Constitution Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha and the on December 10 and 12 last year, respectively. The provisions under the Bill have been effective from January 25, 2020. As per Article-168 of the Constitution, the Bill must be ratified by at least 50% of the state assemblies before its implementation. In this context, the assembly secretariat has received a formal request from the CM Nitish Kumar. Hence, a special session of the assembly has been called on January 13, ”the speaker said.

The Indian Constitution provides for reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) and representation of the Anglo-Indian community by nomination, in the Lok Sabha and legislative assemblies of certain states. This has been provided for a period of 70 years since the enactment of the Constitution and will expire on January 25, 2020. The Bill seeks to extend the reservation for SCs and STs by another 10 years till January 25, 2030.

During the special session, house members will discuss a state government's proposal to ratify the bill, Choudhary said.