Special Parliament Session Day 4: Historic Women's Reservation Bill all set to face Rajya Sabha test today | 10 key highlights
Special Parliament Session Day 4: After hours of fierce debate, the Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Women's Reservation Bill with 454 votes which provides 33 per cent reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies.
The historic Women's Reservation Bill is all set to move in the Rajya Sabha on today for another litmus test.
The Bill is now pending in the Rajya Sabha.
The Minister will move the Bill for its consideration and passage in the Upper House.
The Bill seeks to repeal 65 laws that are obsolete or that have been made redundant by other laws. It also corrects a minor drafting error in the Factoring Regulation Act, of 2011.
1. Historic Women's Reservation Bill 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam' was passed by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday by majority votes.
2. Women's Reservation Bill was passed by a majority of the total membership of the House and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members of the House “present and voting”. The Bill was passed following division with 454 members voting in favour of the legislation and two against it on the motion for the passage moved by Meghwal.
3. The 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam' is the first bill passed by Lok Sabha during the special session after it shifted to the new Parliament building on Tuesday.
4. The 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam' is a "historic legislation" that will further boost women's empowerment and will enable "greater participation of women in our political process.
5. The bill advocates for a 33% quota for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. Several political leaders demanded the introduction of this key bill.
6. 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam' achieved a major step in terms of achieving more participation of women in the political process. It is a big step for women of the country.
7. Women's Reservation Bill also repeals Appropriation Acts from 2013 to 2017 that related to the withdrawal of funds from the Consolidated Fund of India.
8. A notable feature of Women's Reservation Bill is its commitment to not only reserving seats for women, but also ensuring the implementation of this reservation within the seats allocated for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST). This inclusive approach acknowledges the unique challenges faced by women from marginalised communities and empowers them to contribute to shaping their own destinies.
9. Women's Reservation Bill sends a powerful message to our nation and the world at large: India values and reveres the voices and leadership of its women. The Bill also inspires the next generation of women leaders to pursue their aspirations unhindered and to aspire to the highest offices in the land.
10. Regarding the timeline, the Bill's implementation may span several years, given the requirement for delimitation following the 2023 census. Nonetheless, let us not be disheartened by the waiting period. Progress is often a gradual process, and this Bill represents a significant stride forward.
- With inputs from agencies