With Rajya Sabha’s nod, Parliament passes Women’s Reservation Bill

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Thursday cleared the landmark bill to reserve one-third of the seats in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies for women. The 128th Constitution Amendment Bill was approved by a two-thirds majority in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. With Rajya Sabha’s nod, the landmark bill has been passed by Parliament.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the passage of the women’s quota bill, calling it a “defining moment in our nation’s democratic journey”. He extended his gratitude to all the Rajya Sabha members who voted for the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam.

“With the passage of the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam in Parliament, we usher in an era of stronger representation and empowerment for the women of India. This is not merely a legislation; it is a tribute to the countless women who have made our nation. India has been enriched by their resilience and contributions,” PM Modi said.

This is the first bill to be passed in the new Parliament building.

The bill, called the ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam’, seeks to reserve 33% seats for women in Lok Sabha, state legislative assemblies and the Delhi assembly. The quota won’t apply to Rajya Sabha or state Legislative Councils.

Reservation of seats shall come into effect after delimitation is undertaken after the relevant figures for the first census have been published.

The women’s reservation bill was passed in Lok Sabha on Wednesday with 454 members supporting it and two opposing it.

The women’s quota bill was passed with a unanimous vote in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

The bill, which was pending for over 25 years, was passed during a special session of Parliament.

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