At first Democracy Awards, Venkaiah Naidu pushes for reservation for women in Parliament
Speaking at the Democracy Awards, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday proposed that women should be given seat reservation in the Parliament.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday proposed that women should be given seat reservation in the Parliament and that they should be provided with 'funds, functions, and functionaries'
The Women's Reservation Bill, which proposes to reserve 33 percent of all seats in the Lok Sabha, has been pending for the last 10 years.
Currently, there are 78 women members in the Parliament, the highest since Independence
Mumbai: Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday proposed that women should be given seat reservation in the Parliament and after that, they should be provided with "funds, functions, and functionaries".
"We call 'Mother India', we don't call 'Father India.' That's the importance given to women. They are 50 percent of the population. Women should get reservation in Parliament too and after giving reservation, give them funds, functions, and functionaries," Naidu said during the 1st Democracy Awards ceremony in Mumbai.
Incidentally, the Women's Reservation Bill or The Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, 2008, which proposes to reserve 33 percent of all seats in the Lok Sabha, has been pending for the last 10 years.
The 17th Lok Sabha has the highest number of women MPs elected in the 2019 polls. There are 78 women members in Parliament, the highest since Independence.
Naidu also praised the state of Maharashtra for granting 50 percent seat reservation to women in elections to local bodies. "One of the striking features of the state government is 50 percent reservation to women in the local bodies," he said.
Expressing discontent over delay in local bodies elections in various states, Naidu said that the elections should be conducted in every five years. "I have also been advocating the need to make it mandatory for holding elections for local bodies every five years without giving scope to the state government to postpone them on one pretext or other. Like Parliament, like Assembly it should be mandatory that when the term of the local bodies is coming to an end then before a month or two they must start preparing for the next election," Naidu said.
At a time when the Narendra Modi government made a strong pitch for Women's Reservation Bill, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said empowerment of women alone will make the country empowered.
Perhaps the initiatives like the alternative reservation bill suggested by Kishwar will be the first step towards a time when women will be able to make space for themselves in Indian politics, without needing quotas or being held back by political ghettos and glass ceilings.
DMK patriarch Karunanidhi on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get the Women's Reservation Bill passed in Parliament and asked all political parties to first get the legislation adopted and then work for getting sub-quota for the Backward Classes.