Union Cabinet approved to introduce Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill 2017 in Parliament

Apr 20, 2017 18:07 IST

National Commission for Backward ClassesThe Union Cabinet on 19 April 2017 gave its ex-post facto approval for introduction of Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill 2017 and National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017 in the Parliament.

Moreover, the Cabinet also approved retention of posts/incumbents and office premises that are held by the existing National Commission for Backward Classes.

Provisions of the Constitution (One Hundred Twenty-third Amendment) Bill, 2017
• It calls for constitution of a Commission under Article 338B for socially and educationally backward classes by name of National Commission for Backward Classes.
• It provides for insertion of Clause (26C) under Article 366 with modified definition of socially and educationally backward classes.

Provisions of National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017

• It calls for repealing the National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993 along with Savings Clause.
• It mentions the dissolution of the National Commission for Backward Classes with effect from the date when the Union Government may implement it. The National Commission for Backward Classes was constituted under sub-section (1) of Section 3 of the Act.
• It provides for appropriation of the sanctioned 52 posts of the existing National Commission for Backward Classes in the proposed National Commission for Backward Classes to be constituted under Article 338B.
• It provides for retention of the office premises of the existing National Commission for Backward Classes at Trikut-1, Bhikaiji Cama Place, New Delhi by the National Commission for Backward Classes to be constituted under Article 338B.

Comment
The proposed National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017 is necessary in view of setting up of the National Commission for Backward Classes by insertion of Article 338B of the Constitution. It will certainly provide for overall welfare of socially and educationally backward classes.

It will also enable effective continuity in the functioning of the National Commission for Backward Classes under Article 338B.

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