Rajya Sabha passed the 10% reservation for 'economically weaker' classes across all religions, on Wednesday.

According to ANI, the Parliament approved the amendment to Constitution with a sweeping majority of 165 votes in favour and 7 votes against it.

Earlier this week, the amendment was passed in Lok Sabha. Once the provision is signed by the President, Ram Nath Kovind, it will become a law.

The move is said to favour the 'economically weaker' sections of society, that weren't earlier benefited from the 50% reservation given to SC, ST and OBC. The reservation applies to both central and state government jobs, according to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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The reservation 'generously' covers people who have income of less than eight lacs per annum, agricultural land less than five acres or a residential house smaller than 1000 square feet, according to Business Today.

With this the total reservation quota will go up to 60%, clearly surpassing the 50% ceiling set by the Supreme Court.

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Netizens are divided over the amendment.

Some are praising the move as to how it would 'uplift' the backward sections of society, and calling it a moment of 'social justice'.

Some have criticised the government, and are calling the reservation a 'gimmick' to earn votes, ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections.

It remains to be seen how this plays a role in the upcoming elections.