33 Percent Women Reservation Bill Approved By Union Cabinet: Report

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The special session of Parliament has started from Monday (18 September), which will continue till 22 September. Meanwhile, a meeting of the Union Cabinet (Modi Cabinet Meeting) was held today, in which a major decision has been taken. 

The bill to ensure reservation of 33 percent seats for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies was approved by the Union Cabinet this evening, sources said. However, the government has not announced it yet and there has been no press briefing of the cabinet meeting.

In the Women’s Reservation Bill, there is a proposal to reserve 33 percent or one-third seats for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. 

This bill was earlier introduced in 2010 and could not be passed in the Lok Sabha due to the uproar. Also, on September 12, 1996, the Deve Gowda government had introduced this bill. However, the bill could not be passed in the House. 

The Manmohan Singh-led government UPA-1 also introduced the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha in 2008. But this bill got stuck due to it not being passed in the Lok Sabha.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh posted on This could have been thoroughly discussed in the all-party meeting and consensus could have been reached instead of working under a veil of secrecy.”

An all-party meeting was held before the special session of Parliament, after which Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that all the opposition parties have demanded passing the Women’s Reservation Bill in this session. 

At the same time, TMC MP Shatrughan Sinha also advocated in support of this bill. BJD MP had also talked about bringing this bill in this session. 

Now it is believed that all parties will support this bill in the special session of Parliament. However, the picture will be clear only after the copy of the bill arrives.

Interest had increased after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment today that ‘historic decisions’ will be taken in this special session. 

Before this many important meetings were also held. Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi met Home Minister Amit Shah. BJP President JP Nadda was also present in the meeting.

Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel posted on Twitter, “Only the Modi government had the moral courage to fulfill the demand for women’s reservation. Which was proved by the cabinet approval. Congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and congratulations to the Modi government.”

Let us tell you that during the all-party meeting called by the government on Sunday, a day before the five-day special session of Parliament, many parties of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), including the opposition alliance ‘INDIA’, strongly supported passing the Women’s Reservation Bill in the session. On which the government said that it will take a decision at an appropriate time.

In the meeting, women’s reservation in elected bodies like Lok Sabha and state assemblies was strongly advocated. 

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel had supported the Congress and its allies in this demand.

Also, Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) urged the government to create history by passing the Women’s Reservation Bill on the important occasion of shifting of Parliament proceedings to the new building.

The Trinamool Congress noted the relatively large number of women MPs in West Bengal’s ruling party and supported the need for a bill for women’s reservation.

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