Cabinet OKs bill to reserve 33% Lok Sabha, assembly seats for women

Cabinet OKs bill to reserve 33% Lok Sabha, assembly seats for women

Informist, Monday, Sep 18, 2023


NEW DELHI – The Union Cabinet today cleared a Bill to ensure reservation of 33% seats in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies for women, sources said. 

The women's reservation bill has been pending for around 27 years, with opposition from some parties and demands for quota for backward classes within the women's quota being key obstacles. The Bill was first introduced in Parliament on Sep 12, 1996.

Currently, women MPs account for less than 15% of the strength of the Lok Sabha. 

Sources said that on Tuesday, the government is likely to move the Bill in the new Parliament building to kick-start proceedings there.

The move comes a day after members of Parliament from across party lines urged the government at an all-party meeting to move the Bill as the first government business in the new Parliament.  End


Reported by Shahid K Abbas

Edited by Avishek Dutta


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