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Rajya Sabha takes up Women’s Reservation Bill for consideration and passing

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The Rajya Sabha has taken up the Women’s Reservation Bill for consideration and passing. The Bill seeks to provide one-third reservation to women in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies.

Union Law and Justice Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal moved the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Eight Amendment) Bill in this regard in the Upper House today. Yesterday, Lok Sabha had passed the Bill. The Bill is called Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam.

Mr Meghwal said this bill will promote women empowerment in the country. He said, this is also an important step towards making India a developed nation in the Amrit Kaal.

Mr Meghwal also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing welfare schemes like Ujjwala Yojana, Mudra Yojana, and more for the benefit of women. He said, 33 percent reservation for women belonging to SCs and STs will also be provided within the existing quota and for this census and delimitation are essential.

BJP leader J P Nadda expressed confidence that the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, which was passed in the Lok Sabha yesterday, will pass in Rajya Sabha unanimously. He said, women always had an important role in Indian culture.

Mr Nadda said, the Bharatiya Janata Party does not want to take a political advantage, but aims at empowering women. He said, in the last nine years, the Narendra Modi government has taken several decisions for the empowerment of Women.
         
Supporting the Bill, Congress leader Ranjeet Ranjan said that women’s representation in parliament should go up. However, she questioned the delay in bringing the Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament. Dola Sen of Trinamool Congress, Dr Kanimozhi Somu of DMK and Sadeep Kumar Pathak of AAP party also participated in the discussion. The discussion on the bill is underway.

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