– God chose me for women’s reservation bill: Modi
– Women’s reservation will be implemented after census, delimitation first, so the bill is unlikely to be implemented before 2029.
– With the implementation of reservation, the number of women MPs in the Lok Sabha will increase from the current 82 to 181: Meghwal
– According to the provisions of the Constitutional Amendment Bill, the consent of 50 percent of the states is also required
New Delhi: Amidst the gaiety of Ganesh Chaturthi festival across the country, Sri Ganesh was performed at the New Parliament Building from Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in the New Parliament Building on Tuesday that God has chosen me to introduce this bill. We have named this bill ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Law’. He requested the MPs including opposition in both houses to pass this bill unanimously. Thus, on the very first day of the new Parliament House, the women’s reservation bill, which had been pending for 27 years, was revived.
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at the New Parliament Building, Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal introduced a constitutional amendment bill in the Lok Sabha to give 33 percent reservation to women in Lok Sabha and assemblies. As this bill will be implemented only after the completion of census, new delimitation work across the country, the chances of it being implemented in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections are slim. However, this bill is the first to be introduced in the new Parliament House.
However, the provisions of the Constitutional (128th Amendment) Bill have made it clear that the reservation bill can come into effect only after the delimitation exercise or the reconstitution of the constituencies taking into account the population statistics conducted after the bill becomes law.
Current statistics show that the number of women MPs in the Lok Sabha is 15 percent and less than 10 percent in several state assemblies including Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam. However, Meghwal said that after the implementation of this bill, the number of women in the Lok Sabha, which is currently 82, will increase to 181. According to the proposed bill, women’s reservation will be implemented for 15 years and within the reservation for women there will be reservation for SC-ST.
The seats reserved for women will change after each delimitation process. Officials said that as per the provisions of Article 368, the consent of 50 per cent of the states will be required for the constitutional amendment bill, as the bill will affect them too. There have been several attempts since 1996 to introduce a bill for 33 percent reservation for women in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The bill was finally introduced in the Rajya Sabha in 2010 and was passed, but the bill could not be passed in the Lok Sabha.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first address in the new Parliament House said, ‘It is a matter of pride for me that history has been made on the day of 19 September 2023 and that God has chosen me for this ‘noble work’. The Nari Shakti Vandan Act will further strengthen the country’s democracy. At a time when the new Parliament House is auspiciously beginning, if this law is passed unanimously, it will double the strength of the country’s democracy. More and more women should join politics for the development of the country.’
He added that there were many discussions on women’s reservation over the years. In 1996, a bill was introduced for the first time.
A Women’s Reservation Bill was also introduced during Atalji’s tenure, but it failed to pass. Perhaps God has chosen me for this sacred work of empowering women and harnessing their power. Our government has once again taken a step in this direction.
Earlier, before the entry of the MPs into the new Parliament House, PM Modi said, “This is a time of reflection for us.” We are going to do Shriganesh of the new future in the new parliament building.
The old Parliament House and especially the Central Hall inspires and inspires us. Our constitution took shape here and the Constituent Assembly meetings were held here. In 1947, British rule took over the power. After 1952, 41 presidents of the world have addressed MPs in this central hall. More than 4,000 laws were made in this house. Here it was decided to abolish Article 370.
Today India has reawakened with a new consciousness. India is excited about new energy.
He added that today some of us may be disappointed, but the world is confident that India will reach the top 3 countries in the world. India’s banking sector, model of governance, UPA, is a center of attraction for the digital working world. We are at a time when India’s aspirations are at a height it has not seen in the last 1,000 years. This is fortunate for us.