The Rajya Sabha passed the Women’s Reservation Bill after 11 hours of debate.

After 11 hours of debate, the Rajya Sabha on Thursday approved the Women’s Reservation Bill.

A total of 215 Members of Parliament (MPs) voted in favor of the Women’s Reservation Bill and none voted against it.

The Women’s Reservation Bill guarantees 33 per cent seats for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. It was introduced by Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal on Tuesday. In the lower house, 454 MPs voted in favor of the legislation and two against it on a motion moved by Meghwal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Parliament’s passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill will bring a new confidence to the people of the country.

This bill will lead to a new confidence in the people of the country. All members and political parties have played an important role in empowering women and enhancing ‘Nari Shakti’. Let’s send a strong message to the country,” Modi said in the Rajya Sabha ahead of the vote on the bill.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while issuing a clarification on the implementation of the Women’s Reservation Bill, said that whenever the first census takes place and the relevant data is available, the delimitation exercise will be carried out and reservation will be provided thereafter. will

“As far as implementation of the proposed reservation for women is concerned, a new Article 334-A has been inserted in the Constitution. It is intended that after the enactment of the Bill and the operation of the Bill, whenever the first A census will be held and the relevant data from that census will be published, a new delimitation exercise will be launched to provide reservations,” Sitharaman said.

Meghwal gave a brief reply to the day-long debate on the Constitution (128th Amendment) Bill, 2023 in the Rajya Sabha.

Rajya Sabha member Kapil Sibal on Thursday demanded a statement from the Prime Minister and Home Minister assuring the House to complete the process of implementing the Women’s Reservation Bill by 2029.

During the debate on the Women’s Reservation Bill, Sibal said, “We don’t know who will come to power, but they should make a statement that if they don’t complete the process by 2029, they will step down as Prime Minister and Home Minister. will resign.” .

Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday hinted that reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies would become a reality after 2029.

The bill calls for a delimitation exercise based on census data.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Vandana Chavan on Thursday said that unfortunately the Women’s Reservation Bill comes with a “caveat” that it will be implemented after census and delimitation.

“We are very happy that the Women’s Reservation Bill has finally seen the light of day. Unfortunately, it comes with a caveat, it says that after census and delimitation. I don’t see why it should be put in. If We really want to give reservation to women, if we want to take them into the decision-making process at the state level and at the parliament level. It can still be done. Why are you delaying it,” Chauhan said. ANI.

DMK MP Kanimozhi expressed concern over the relatively long time taken to implement the Women’s Reservation Bill. He said that there is no clear information about when the provisions of the bill will come into effect.

“We all thought it would be a golden moment (passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill) because we thought it would be implemented as soon as possible but now we don’t know (when it will be implemented). In its implementation It could take 10, 15 or 20 years because there are so many conditions,” Kanimozhi said. ANI.

‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhanim’ is the first bill to be passed by Parliament after shifting to the new building on Tuesday.

(with input from agencies)

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