September 20, 2023
Having been given the nod by the Modi administration,the Women’s Reservation Bill is now doing the rounds and engaging the attention of all sections of the society,across the country and elsewhere.
The historic bill paving the way for 33 percent reservation for women in the lower house and assemblies is as much in focus for its importance as it is for its chequered progress over the last about 13 years when it was first mooted.
First brought forward in 1996 by the Deve Gowda regime the bill failed to make it in the Parliament.Later in 1998 the Vajpayee government took it up and again it came up
in 1999,2002 and 2003 with Prime Minister Vajpayee at the helm.However the bill was shot down.
Then in 2009, following the submission of a report by a committee the bill was permitted in 2010.
On March 9th 2010,the bill was passed 186-1 in the Rajya Sabha.However in the Lok Sabha it was not taken up.
Now after a gap of 13 years the government of Prime Minister Modi has given its consent for the bill.