Forward Press

In Punjab, blasphemy may invite life imprisonment

The Punjab government led by Amarinder Singh has taken two decisions that could prove to be significant: first, a provision for punishment up to life imprisonment for those insulting religious scriptures and second, reservation for SCs in promotions. The government says that the first decision is aimed at promoting social harmony in the state.

The Cabinet approved a Bill providing for 14 per cent reservation to SCs in Group A and B jobs and 20 per cent in Group C and D. If the assembly clears the Bill, SCs would get reservation in promotions with effect from 20 January 2018 under Article 16(A) of the Constitution.