New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday, approved a proposal to extend the reservations for SCs and STs in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies for 10 years but a similar quota has been done away for the Anglo-Indian community.
The reservations for these categories in the Lok Sabha and assemblies was to expire on January 25, 2020. The Government will bring a Bill to extend the reservation till January 25, 2030 in the ongoing winter session. The Government would reconsider the same if the need arises.
The Government was of the view that the Anglo Indian community is doing well and does not need any reservation in the legislature. Union Minister, Prakash Javdekar provided no details, on being asked whether reservation for Anglo-Indian community has also been extended. The minister said there are 84 members from the Scheduled Caste and 47 from Scheduled Tribe communities in Parliament. Across India, in state assemblies there are 614 SC members and 554 ST members.
There is a provision to nominate two members of the Anglo-India community in the Lok Sabha but they have not yet been nominated as per the Lok Sabha website. The reservations for SC and ST in the legislature is carried out through constitutional amendments, similar reservation in jobs for the same categories is decided by the respective state governments.