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Parliament on Wednesday had approved amending the Constitution to provide 10 percent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education. (Express Photo by Partha Paul/File).

President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday gave his assent to the bill providing 10 percent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category, a notification in the official gazette said.

The Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday and the Rajya Sabha a day later.

The notification said the legislation will be known as the Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019 and that it shall come into force on such date as the Centre notifies.

Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha supported the Bill but not before targeting the BJP-led government, accusing it of bringing the Bill “in a haste” with the Lok Sabha elections in mind.

The government hit back with Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad saying “sixes are hit in the slog overs” of a cricket match and “more sixes will come”.

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After Rajya Sabha voted 165-7 in favour of the Bill — meeting the requirement of a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members present and voting for effecting a constitutional amendment — Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “delighted” and “glad to see such widespread support for the Bill”. He called it “a victory for social justice”.

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