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Confident of passing women's bill in current LS session: Moily

india Updated: Mar 14, 2010 21:57 IST

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Government on Sunday expressed confidence that the Women's Reservation Bill will be passed in the current session of Parliament itself.

"We would like to pass it in the present session -- in the first or the second part. We are confident," Law Minister M Veerappa Moily told CNN-IBN in Devil's Advocate programme.

Asked whether in a democracy it was correct to have reservation of 48.5 per cent (including SC/ST), Moily said it is not an "offensive" thing as it cuts across caste, creed and community.

On a question whether it was fair to keep only around 50 per cent of the seats for the males, he replied, "men have to yield to women" pointing out that the representation of women was only 11.2 per cent (in Lok Sabha).

To a query on the rotation system which would lead to member's failure in nurturing a constituency, Moily said the system has worked well in the local bodies where similar rotation exists.

The minister downplayed the statement made by Pranab Mukherjee, Leader of the House in Lok Sabha that the government was open to suggestions. "It (Mukherjee's statement) has been misconstrued. Parliament is supreme. We have to take Parliament into confidence whether it has to be amended this way or the other," he said, adding in Lok Sabha the government wanted to reduce friction.

Moily also denied suggestions that the Bill was rushed in the Rajya Sabha saying consultations have gone in for more than 25 years and it was introduced only after convergence of views.

The Rajya Sabha on March 9 passed the historic Bill giving one-third representation to women in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures.