Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal on September 19 tabled the much anticipated women’s reservation bill termed as ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam’, aiming to reserve 33 per cent of seats in Lok Sabha and all state legislative assemblies for women.
The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Eighth Amendment) Bill, 2023 was listed for introduction in Lok Sabha through a supplementary list of business.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the bill aims to expand women’s participation in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.
Addressing the house, Modi said discussion on Women’s Reservation Bill happened a long time. “During Atal Bihari
Vajpayee’s regime Women’s Reservation Bill was introduced several times but there was not enough majority to pass the Bill, and because of this dream remained incomplete”.
Today, God has given me the opportunity to take this forward, he said, “Our government is bringing a new Bill today on women’s participation in both houses”, he added.
Opposition parties have been pushing the government to take up the bill. On Sunday, the Congress had passed a resolution on the issue during its Hyderabad Congress Working Committee meeting.