New Delhi: Undeterred by the fracas in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, government will bring the Bill providing for SC/ST reservation in promotion in government jobs in the Upper House on Thursday for consideration and passage.

Congress issued a whip to its members in the House on Wednesday itself over the Bill, asking them to be present and vote for the measure, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said.

"Government will bring the Bill for SC/ST reservation in promotions in Rajya Sabha today," Bansal said.

"The government is clear that there should be reservation in promotions upto 22.5 percent for SCs and STs in government jobs," he said.

Asked if it was possible to pass the Bill in the remaining two days of the current monsoon session, Bansal said "we do want to pass the Bill. We also issued a whip to our members. We will try for the passage of the Bill again today. We are listing it again."

Bansal said the Constitution Amendment Bill was not discussedin the Business Advisory Committee meeting.
Reacting to the attack by BSP supremo Mayawati on the government doubting its intentions, Bansal said "these comments are not fair. Others are not to set the agenda for the government."
Asked to comment on BJP's stand on the reservation Bill, he said the opposition party first wanted the government to cancel the allocation of coal blocks and then it would be ready for a discussion on the Bill.
He said Congress party's intentions are clear on the Bill as it had held an all-party meeting chaired by the Prime Minister and has now brought the Constitution amendment Bill.
"We can only hope and appeal to the opposition that the Bill be passed," he said.


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