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New Delhi, September 22: A total of 215 MPs voted in favor of the Women’s Reservation Bill. No MP voted against it. The Women’s Reservation Bill guarantees 33% of seats for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.
The Women’s Reservation Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal had introduced this bill on Tuesday. On the motion passed by Meghwal, 454 MPs in the lower house voted in favor and two against it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the Women’s Reservation Bill was passed by the Parliament, which will create new confidence among the people of the country.
Before voting on the bill in the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “This bill will create a new confidence among the people of the country.” All members and political parties have played an important role in increasing ‘Nari Shakti’ and empowering women.”
While delivering a lecture on the implementation of the Women’s Reservation Bill, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that whenever the first census is conducted and the data related to it comes out, the delimitation process will be started to provide reservations.
Sitharaman said “A new Article 334-A has been added to the Constitution for the implementation of the proposed reservation. “It is intended that a new delimitation exercise to provide reservation will be undertaken after the first census and the relevant data from that census are published.”
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Vandana Chavan has termed the decision to implement the Women’s Reservation Bill after census and delimitation as unfortunate. He says that the Women’s Reservation Bill has been implemented but it is being implemented with a “warning” which is unfortunate for us.
According to a report, Vandana Chavan said, “We are very happy with the introduction of the Women’s Reservation Bill. But, unfortunately, this bill comes with the caveat of the census and delimitation process. He said that if reservation has to be given to women then why delay it? This should be implemented now.”
Expressing concern over the relatively long time taken for implementation of the Women’s Reservation Bill, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP Kanimozhi said there is no clear information on the implementation of the provisions of the Bill, which is a matter of concern. He said that we considered the passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill as a golden moment. But it comes with conditions and has not been fully implemented yet. This is a matter of sadness and concern. It is not yet known how many years it will take for its implementation. It may take 10, 15, or even 20 years for its implementation.
The first bill passed by the Parliament after shifting to the new Parliament House was the Women’s Reservation Bill which has been named ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Act’.