The 126th amendment of the constitution provides for extending reservation for SC and ST in the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas for a period of further 10 years, but makes no mention of the reservation for the Anglo Indian community.
It effectively means that with the passage of the bill, the reservation for this community would be a thing of past. In Uttarakhand, 70 members are elected while one member of Anglo Indian community is nominated in the assembly.The reservation was granted for Anglo Indian community for a time period of 70 years in the year 1950.
The term of this reservation is ending on January 25, 2020. However the tenure of the lone MLA of the Anglo Indian community, George Ivon Gregory Mann would end in 2022.
The Anglo Indian community is represented by the progeny of the Europeans who had married Indian women during the British period. The officiating parliamentary affairs minister Madan Kaushik said that the population of Anglo Indian community in the country is only 295 and two MPs and nine MLAs are nominated from among the members of this community.
He accepted that with passage of the bill, the benefit of reservation for Anglo Indians would cease to exit. Meanwhile opposition Congress has decided to oppose removal of reservation to the community. The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President and Chakrata MLA, Pritam Singh said that the ending reservation for Anglo Indian community is an injustice and Congress would oppose it.
He said that the Anglo Indian MLA, Gregory Mann has decided to bring an amendment in the bill. However Mann could not be contacted for confirmation.