It will be more than two years after the Women's Reservation Bill is passed in Lok Sabha for it to be implemented because of the long subsequent legislative and other processes associated with it.
"It will take a minimum of two years. Just like the delimitation process...a commission or a committee it will take two to two-and-a-half years from now. The process is such," Law Minister M Veerappa Moily told PTI.
However, he expressed confidence that the reservation of seats and the identification of 181 of the 543 seats for women in Lok Sabha will be in place "definitely" before the next Lok Sabha elections due in 2014.
Apart from reserving seats in Lok Sabha, the Constitution Amendment Bill, which was passed by Rajya Sabha yesterday, seeks to provide reservation for women in 1,370 out of a total of 4,109 seats in 28 assemblies.
The principle of reservation of seats for women will also apply to seats reserved for SC/ST candidates.
The Bill also provides for rotation of seats reserved for women every Lok Sabha. At the end of the term
Explaining the process, Moily said once Lok Sabha passes the Bill and the President signs it it will be sent to all the states for ratification.
At least 14 of the 28 states will have to ratify the legislation for it to become a law. This process, Moily said, may take about nine months.