Friday, May 24

Lok Sabha Passes Women’s Reservation Bill With 454-2 Majority

In a significant development, the Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of Parliament, has passed the Women’s Reservation Bill with an overwhelming majority of 454 votes in favor and only 2 votes against it. This landmark legislation aims to promote gender equality in political representation by reserving one-third of the seats in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies for women.

The Women’s Reservation Bill, officially known as the ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam,’ has successfully passed in the Lok Sabha with an overwhelming majority of votes. After the vote count, the bill received 454 votes in favor and only 2 against it, surpassing the two-thirds majority required for passage in the Lok Sabha. This historic 128th Constitutional Amendment Bill will bring about significant changes by providing reservation for women in all three existing categories – General, SCs, and STs – through which Members of Parliament (MPs) are currently elected.

 

Lok Sabha Passes Women's Reservation Bill With 454-2 Majority
Lok Sabha Passes Women’s Reservation Bill With 454-2 Majority

 

While several members had initially proposed amendments, they did not pursue them during the proceedings. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in his remarks on the bill, emphasized that it will be implemented after the census and delimitation following the elections. These crucial exercises will soon take place, ultimately leading to greater female representation in Parliament.

On the third day of the special session in Parliament, significant discussions took place in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. In the Lok Sabha, members engaged in a debate on the Women’s Reservation Bill, which aims to allocate a 33 percent quota for women in both Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

This important bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing special session and was the focus of discussions on this particular day. Meanwhile, in the Rajya Sabha, the discussion centered around India’s space journey, particularly highlighting the successful soft landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the moon. It’s worth noting that the Women’s Reservation Bill received approval from the Union Cabinet earlier this week.

Opposition parties, led by the Congress, called for the immediate implementation of the Women’s Reservation Bill and also advocated for the inclusion of OBC reservation within the bill.

The bill was introduced by Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal during the first sitting of the Lok Sabha in the new Parliament building on Tuesday. It’s worth noting that the bill was originally tabled in the Rajya Sabha by the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government in 2008 and was subsequently passed in 2010. However, it was never taken up for consideration in the Lok Sabha.


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