In a significant development, the Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has granted approval for the Women’s Reservation Bill, sources confirmed.
This momentous decision came to fruition after a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Modi, immediately following the commencement of Parliament’s five-day special session.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi had set the stage for the session, promising “historic decisions.” The Women’s Reservation Bill, at the heart of these deliberations, aims to reserve 33 percent of seats in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies for women.
Furthermore, the bill introduces sub-reservations within the 33 percent quota for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), and Anglo-Indians. Notably, the proposal suggests that reserved seats should be rotated after each general election.
Union Minister of State Prahlad Singh Patel initially took to social media, praising the Modi government for its “moral courage” in fulfilling the demand for women’s reservation. However, the post was later deleted.
Kushboo Sundar, a prominent Tamil Nadu BJP leader and actress, lauded the move as a “historic moment.” She expressed her appreciation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts in women’s empowerment, emphasizing the importance of women taking the lead. Sundar stated, “Nari shakti is the way forward. Women have to be in the forefront; they are the backbone of our nation.”
Sundar went on to express her gratitude to Prime Minister Modi, highlighting his understanding of women’s issues and his unwavering support for their growth and empowerment.
This landmark decision underscores the commitment of the Modi government to advancing gender equality and ensuring greater representation for women in the country’s political landscape. The Women’s Reservation Bill now paves the way for a more inclusive and diverse democracy.