Chhattisgarh Cabinet on Wednesday approved the resolution for ratification of the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Cabinet which was chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel also approved the Governor’s Address, which the Governor will be addressing with the commencement of Special Session. Briefing about the Cabinet decisions, Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey and Forest Minister Mohammed Akbar informed the mediapersons that the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was passed by the Parliament in December 2019, needs to be passed by at least 2-3 State Assemblies for getting it passed absolutely.

The Bill passed by the Parliament seeks to extend the reservation for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes by another 10 years till January 25, 2030. During the Special Session, discussions will take place on the resolution for ratification of the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019, before it is ratified by the Assembly.

The Ministers further added that since the Special Session is being held as the first session of the new year, as per traditions it is necessary that the Session commences with the Governor’s Address. Hence, the Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Governor’s address, they said while adding that as per set traditions, the address approved by the Cabinet is read by the Governor in the House. Only two approvals were given in the Cabinet today, they said. Answering a query on whether any review took place of paddy procurement, the Minister duo said the decisions taken by Cabinet Sub-committee will be considered for discussions during future meeting, as of today no discussions were held. But those decisions are being implemented by most of the districts.

Decisions like increasing limit, establishment of collection centres, fast transportation of paddy from procurement centers and increasing numbers of tokens being given to farmers. It is worth mentioning here that during the Special Session, discussions on the resolution for ratification of the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019, will be held. It is worth mentioning here that Article 334 of the Constitution lays down that the provisions of the Constitution relating to the reservation of seats for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the representation of the Anglo-Indian community by nomination in the House of the People and Legislative Assemblies of the States shall cease to have effect on the expiration of the period of 70 years from the commencement of the Constitution. In other words, these provisions will cease to have effect on the 25th January, 2020, if not extended further. Although the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes have made considerable progress in the last 70 years, the reasons which weighed with the Constituent Assembly in making provisions with regard to the aforesaid reservation of seats have not yet ceased to exist.