Meghalaya Assembly ratifies 126th Amendment Bill, 2019 to extend reservation of seats for SC/ST in State Assemblies and Parliament

SHILLONG, Jan 20: Meghalaya Legislative Assembly today unanimously ratified the Constitution (One hundred and twenty-sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019, passed by both the Houses of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

The Constitution (126th) Amendment Bill, 2019, was passed by both the houses of Parliament in the moth of December, 2019 and has forwarded to the State Legislature for ratification before the Bill is placed for assent of the President of India.

This provision, which has been provided for a period of 70 years from the commencement of the constitution, will expire on January 25, 2020. The bill seeks to extend the reservation for STs and SCs for another 10 years i.e. till January 25, 2030.

Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma moved a resolution to this effect in the special session of the state Assembly.

Chief Minister explained to the house that the amendment was made with regard to Article 334 that relates to reservation of seats for the STs and SCs.

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