Women’s Quota or Reservation Bill

Women's Quota Bill

Women’s Quota or Reservation Bill

Every government has introduced the bill but never delivered on its promise .

What is Women s Reservation bill all about ?
It seeks to reserve one -third seats in Lok Sabha and state assemblies for women , by rotation.

former PM Rajive Gandhi had introduced the concept in 1989 when he proposed 33% quota in panchayat and municipal bodies , a constitutional amendment was passed four years later.

The Deve Gowda government introdused a bill to extend these quotas to Lok Sabha and assembly election in 1996 .

What’s the current status of the bill ?
The UPA government joined hands with the BJP and the left to get the bill passed by the Rajya Sabha in 2010 .

The UPA , however , did not push the bill hard enough in Lok Sabha and it lapsed . The NDA will have to bring in a fresh bill .

So why hasn’t it been passed yet ?
Male politicians have reservations on the law that would reduce the number of seats they can contest .

On record , the SP , RJD and BSP – that do not have many women politicians in their ranks – want a quota .

Quota: That is 27% of all women seats should be reserved for OBC women , 15% for SCs and 7.5% for STs.

How many women are there is the Lok Sabha ?
Women number in Lok Sabha has grown from 5% in 1952 to over 11% in the 16th Lok Sabha , the highest so far.

This is the highest so far.

What s the future of the bill ?
The NDA government has the numbers to get it passed in the LS.

Congress has pledged to back it up in the RS.

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