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Sonia pushes for quota for women

March 08, 2005 17:57 IST
Last Updated: March 08, 2005 18:06 IST

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday hoped the issue of providing 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures would be resolved soon.

Sonia was addressing a function to honour women entrepreneurs on the occasion of International Women's Day.

"Like panchayats, even in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures women should get 33 per cent reservation. Talks are on with political parties," she said.

Sonia said the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government is committed to empower women through employment, education and health. This is the first time special attention has been given to women in the Union budget, she added.

Gandhi honoured 25 women belonging to scheduled castes, other backward castes and minorities, who have become successful entrepreneurs.

Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Meira Kumar pointed out that though women comprise half of India's population, equal opportunity for development and social prestige for them still remains a distant dream.

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Sub: there hould be no reservations or quotas

Why should there be any reservation for woman? let them prove their worth in the respective fields, on one hand they talk of equality and ...

Posted by Harshul R Vaid

Sub: reservations for women

Reservations make a mockery of the concept of democracy. How will the 33% women's seats be allocated? Yes, women must be empowered, and the best ...

Posted by bodh

Sub: Sonia pushes for woman's bill

greater chances of success if the quota were to start at 21% and increasing thereafter by 3% at every election.

Posted by N. K. PARIKH

Sub: Reservation not required

Reservation for women is really unwanted. If a woman needs equality she has to be equally competend with her counter part. Did any of the ...

Posted by vijay

Sub: Sonia pushes for women's bill

Brevo and a very good job Sonia. But please come out of the crowd of discremination between backwards, monirity etc. You need to make this ...

Posted by Geeta Singh


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