Central government clears women’s reservation bill


The Union Cabinet cleared the Women’s Reservation Bill on Monday. The bill was introduced by the Congress party years ago and it seeks to reserve one-third of the total number of seats in state legislative assemblies and Parliament for women.

This bill also proposes to have reservation for SCs, STs and Anglo-Indians within the 33% quota.It was former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi who in 1989 who mooted this idea and introduced the Constitution Amendment Bill to provide one-third reservation for women in rural and urban local bodies. Though it was passed in the Lok Sabha, it did not get passed in the Rajya Sabha in September 1989.
Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh reacted to this development and said that it was a long standing demand of the Congress party to implement women’s reservation and that the Congress party welcomed this move and are awaiting details of the Bill.


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