April 20, 2024

Women in Parliament: Union Cabinet gives go-ahead to bill

PM Modi informed that the first bill on this issue was first introduced in 1996.

PM Modi assured all the mothers, sisters and daughters of the nation that the bill will be made into a law.

PM Modi assured all the mothers, sisters and daughters of the nation that the bill will be made into a law. (Image: PIB)

The Union Cabinet had decided to give a go-ahead to the Reservation of Women in Parliament Bill on Tuesday. Underling the role of politics in the effective transformation of society, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the contribution of Indian women in sectors ranging from space to sports. 

He recalled how the world embraced the concept of women-led development during the G20. He said that among 50 crore beneficiaries of the Jan Dhan Scheme, most of the accounts belonged to women. He also mentioned benefits for women in schemes like Mudra Yojana and PM Avaas Yojana. 

Throwing light on the discussions and deliberations in the Parliament on the reservation, the PM informed that the first bill on this issue was first introduced in 1996. He said it was introduced in the House several times during Atal Ji’s tenure but it could not garner the required support in numbers to turn the dreams of women into reality. 

Historic Day

PM informed that the Union Cabinet had decided to give a go-ahead to the Reservation of Women in Parliament Bill. “This historic day of 19th September 2023 is going to be immortal in the history of India”, the Prime Minister added.

Observing the growing contributions of women in every sector, the Prime Minister emphasised the need for the inclusion of more women in policy-making so that their contributions to the nation increase further.

Narishakti Vandan Adhiniyam

PM Modi urged the members to open the doors of opportunities for women on this historic day. 

“Taking forward the resolution of women-led development, our government is today presenting a major Constitutional Amendment Bill.

“The purpose of this Bill is to expand the participation of women in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas. Narishakti Vandan Adhiniyam will further strengthen our democracy. I congratulate the mothers, sisters, and daughters of the nation for Narishakti Vandan Adhiniyam.

I assure all the mothers, sisters, and daughters of the nation that we are committed to making this bill into law. I request as well as urge all the colleagues in this House as a pious auspicious beginning is being made, if this Bill becomes Law with consensus then its power will magnify manifold. Therefore, I request both the Houses to pass the bill with full consensus.”

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