The special session of the parliament continues, and house proceedings have moved to the new parliament building on Tuesday. The new parliament appears to become the place that emphasises gender justice symbols. The Women’s Reservation Bill will likely become the first bill tabled after moving to the new parliament building, while the new facility includes art that celebrates the contribution of grassroots women.
The ‘Jan Janani Janmabhoomi’ trademark wall, which graces the Central Foyer of Parliament, was built by 75 women craftsmen throughout the country. Similarly, several themes in the ‘Shilpa Dirgha’ (crafts gallery) honour women and their contributions to society daily.
Underlining the contribution of women, Prime Minister Modi said they played a crucial role in policy-making, and the almighty chose him to implement the women’s quota bill.
What Does The Women’s Reservation Bill Purpose?
Due to a lack of consensus and political will, the Women’s Reservation Bill has stood for the past 27 years. However, this will be a new bill, not previously approved.
The new bill offers a 33 per cent representation of women in the lower house (Lok Sabha) and state assemblies. The Lok Sabha has a seven-hour slot to discuss the bill, and after the debate, the bill is likely to be passed on Wednesday’s house proceedings.
The Minister of Law, Arjun Ram Meghwal, introduced the ‘Nari Shakti Vandana Abhiyanam’ bill. The bill will come into effect after delimitation practices are done.
What Is The Opposition’s Stand On The Bill?
The major party in the opposition, Congress, has turned its stand on quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in the proposed bill. The same political party had not succeeded in moving the Bill forward in its 2010 avatar because it did not desire to agree on socialist parties’ demand for reservation within quota for women from backward classes.