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RS MPs demand early passage of Women's Bill

Cutting across party lines, members in Rajya Sabha today demanded early passage of the Women's Reservation Bill.

india Updated: May 12, 2006 22:37 IST

Cutting across party lines, members in Rajya Sabha on Friday demanded early passage of the Women's Reservation Bill.

Charging the Government with not taking reservation for women in public employment seriously, Members stressed the need for providing reservation for women not only in Parliament and state assemblies but also in Government jobs and in promotion levels.

Resuming the debate on a Private Members Bill "The Public Employment (Reservation for Women), Bill 2005, introduced in March by Maya Singh, senior Congress member Janardhana Poojary said, though the matter is a state subject the Centre should come forward in this regard.

Supporting the Bill, BJP Member Laxmi Narain Sharma said there was urgent need to provide reservation to women in all sectors, and suggested that if needed Constitution be amended to empower women.

"Not only in Parliament and State assemblies, but reservation be also extended in government and private sector jobs", he said.

Prabha Thakur (Cong), while welcoming the Bill, stressed the need for its early passage so that the fairer sex becomes economically independent and politically empowered to participate in administrative decisions.

She said the earlier Bills passed by Parliament on Domestic Violence Act and Hindu Inheritance Act were steps to strengthen women rights and would ultimately empower them.

Extending support to the Bill, Suresh Bhardwaj (BJP) said there was need for empowerment of women as they have been deprived for centuries.

EM Sudarshana Natchiappan (INC) said 50 per cent population of the country was demanding 33 per cent reservation and Government must look into this.

He said even prestigious academic institutions like IITs and IIMs should have reservation for women.

MS Gill (INC) expressed concern over the declining ratio of women to men in Northern India and said education was the only solution to this problem.

Age, experience relaxation in job for women


The government is considering various measures for increasing share of women in public employment, including relaxing age and experience limit.

This was stated by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Suresh Pachouri while replying to a discussion on the Public Employment (Reservation for Women) Bill, 2005 introduced by a private Member in the Rajya Sabha.

"We are aware of the multiple difficulties being faced by women in getting job and after getting one. All these aspects are being looked into," he said.

"The government will soon come out with some positive action," the minister assured the House and requested Ms Maya Singh to withdraw the Bill, to which she agreed.

The minister said women formed 50 per cent of the country's population, so without their participation, no development can take place.

" Women's role should not be limited to just four walls of the house. They have to be an active player in all the developmental process, and the government is fully aware of this role," he said.

Speaking on the Bill, Ms Singh urged the Government to implement its assurance with all sincerity.

There is reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs but not for women who do not need such protection any less, she said.

"This Bill reflects the pressing needs and aspirations of millions of women in this country, and it is hoped that the Government would act soon to ensure due share to women in public employment.