The Bill fixed the following criteria for beneficiaries: an annual family income of less than Rs. 8 lakh, not owning more than five acres or a flat of 1,000 sq feet or more, land of 100 sq yards in notified municipality area and 200 yards in non-notified area. Participating in the debate, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav demanded 54% quota for OBCs, as the government had now opened the doors by breaching the 50% cap on reservation as fixed by the Supreme Court. Although he supported the Bill, he said the government had failed to even provide reservation to the SC, ST and OBC communities, as provided.
“When there are no jobs, what is the meaning of reservation?,” he said. TMC’s Derek O’Brien accused the government of cheating the poor and the youth, also raising questions in the manner in which the Bill had been brought. “The Trinamool Congress is disgusted. We are angry that Parliament has been disrespected, completely disrespected and this is the wrong method which has been used here.
If that is the right method then what is the wrong method?,” he said. Stating that the Bill had been brought without any quantifiable data as a basis, AIADMK’s Navaneethakrishnan quoted the Supreme Court order, stating: “A Backward Class cannot be determined only and exclusively with reference to economic criterion. It may be a consideration or basis along with and in addition to social backwardness but it can never be the sole criterion.”