Women’s Reservation Bill Becomes Law. Gets President Murmu’s Nod

President Draupadi Murmu approved the Women’s Reservation Bill on Friday. After getting approval from the President (President Droupadi Murmu), it has now become a law. 

The central government issued a notification in this regard on Friday. Earlier, the Women’s Reservation Bill was passed by both the houses of the Parliament. 

It was passed during the special session of Parliament. With this, women will get reservation of 33 percent seats in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. 

This law will remain in force for 15 years. After that the reservation deadline can be extended. 

The Women’s Reservation Bill has been named Nari Shakti Vandan Bill.

With this, one-third seats in the Lok Sabha and Assemblies will be reserved for women, which will be filled through direct elections. 

One third of the seats within the quota will be for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe women. 

This 33 percent reservation will not be applicable in Rajya Sabha or state legislative councils.

Many state legislatures in India also suffer from lack of gender diversity in politics. These include 10% representation of women in the assemblies of states like Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Odisha, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura and Puducherry.

In some states, such as Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, the representation is slightly higher, ranging from 10% to 12%. 

In contrast, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Jharkhand lead with 14.44%, 13.7% and 12.35% women MLAs (Assembly Members) respectively.

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