Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections


The Web

India Abroad

Sign up today!

Mobile Downloads
Text 67333
Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this Article

Home > News > PTI

Lok Sabha women members demand legislature quota

March 08, 2007 14:22 IST

Cutting across political affiliations, women members in the Lok Sabha on Thursday demanded reservation for them in Parliament and Assemblies, responding to which the government said it was committed to bring a bill in this regard.

On the occasion of International Women's Day, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee suspended the Question Hour for some time to make a statement on the issue and allowed lady members to share their views.

"On this solemn day, we should reaffirm our commitment to improve the condition of women, specially those who are in vulnerable position and empower them to take their rightful place in society," Chatterjee said.

He noted that country's women, in spite of several disadvantages, domestic and in the workplace, have achieved milestones in terms of education, health, freedom of choice, liberty and equality in law.

"We feel proud that our women are today ready to assert their right to life with dignity and self-respect," he said.

After women members demanded early introduction of a bill on reservation for them in Parliament and Assemblies, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi said the UPA government was committed to do it before the end of its tenure.

Noting that passing of the bill would require two-third support in Parliament, he said discussions had been held and were being held with various political parties on the issue. Hopefully, light at the end of the tunnel would come nearer, the minister said.

© Copyright 2007 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.