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Assam assembly unanimously ratifies Art 368 amendment

Assam assembly on Saturday unanimously ratified the proposed amendment to Article 368 for extension of reservation to Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes for another period of ten years.

india Updated: Sep 05, 2009 22:32 IST

Assam assembly on Saturday unanimously ratified the proposed amendment to Article 368 for extension of reservation to Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes for another period of ten years.

A day-long special session of the state asembly was held in Guwahati on Saturday to ratify the 109th amendment to Article 368 of the Constitution seeking extension of reservation for another ten years which was introduced by the Union government in the Parliament on August 3.

The special session was held as Article 362 of the Constitution makes it mandatory that 50 per cent of the state legislatures must ratify the proposal.

Leader of Opposition Chandra Mohan Patowary of AGP pointed out that though the party supports the extension of reservation but the Congress government's policy of reservation has not been successful.

"There has been reservation for the last 60 years but the uplift of scheduled castes and tribes has not been achieved", he said.

The opposition leader warned of misuse of the reservation policy which results in the deserving not getting their dues. The amendment proposal was supported by all members cutting across party lines and was passed unanimously.

The assembly was adjourned sine die at the conclusion of its session held on Saturday.