New Delhi: President Draupadi Murmu on Friday approved the Women's Reservation Bill i.e. Nari Shakti Vandan Act. It has now become a law with the approval of the President. This bill was placed on the table of the Parliament by the Modi government during the recently concluded special session of the Parliament.
New Delhi: President Draupadi Murmu on Friday approved the Women’s Reservation Bill i.e. Nari Shakti Vandan Act. It has now become a law with the approval of the President. This bill was placed on the table of the Parliament by the Modi government during the recently concluded special session of the Parliament.
After discussion on the bill, approval was obtained from both the Houses after which it was sent to the President. The bill provides for 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures.
Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar signed the Women’s Reservation Bill passed by Parliament on Thursday before it was sent to the President. This Constitution Amendment Bill was passed almost unanimously in the Rajya Sabha during the special session of the Lok Sabha. This bill was introduced in the parliament several times before, but then the consensus of the political parties could not be reached.
The Women’s Reservation Bill has definitely received the approval of the President, but it will take time for this law to come into effect because after the next census, the delimitation of the Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies will take place, after which the process of reservation will proceed. It is speculated that this law may come into effect in 2029.
Referring to women’s reservation, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday said that it is because the BJP thinks that people will vote and forget the controversy after some time. Along with this, he also claimed that this bill will not come into force till the year 2034. He said that this is not new because Rajiv Gandhi had brought the 73rd and 74th revisions and ensured reservation for women in panchayat bodies.
The Congress president alleged that when Rajiv Gandhi came up with 33 per cent reservation, the BJP opposed it. He said that in one house the majority was in favor of the bill but in the other house the opposition party BJP opposed it after which the bill fell.
Let us tell you that be that since the time this bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha and then in the Rajya Sabha, many opposition parties, including the Congress, have not been behind in giving credit to themselves. Leaders of various parties, including the NCP, have been seen taking credit for women’s reservation citing their governments in states.