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Chequered history of women's reservation bill

delhi Updated: Mar 08, 2010 20:14 IST

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Following is the chequered history of the women's reservation bill moved in the Rajya Sabha on Monday that seeks to reserve 33 per cent seats for women in the country's legislatures:

1996 -- The Deve Gowda government introduces the women's reservation bill as 81st Constitutional Amendment Bill.

1998 -- The bill is re-introduced in the 12th Lok Sabha as the 84th Constitutional Amendment Bill by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government headed Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

1999 -- The NDA government re-introduces the bill in the 13th Lok Sabha.

2002 -- The bill is introduced in parliament but fails to sail through.

2003 -- Bill introduced twice in parliament.

2004 -- The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government includes it in the Common Minimum Programme.

2008 -- The government tables the bill in the Rajya Sabha so that the legislation does not lapse.

2010 -- The cabinet clears the bill for taking it up in the Rajya Sabha.