President Calls For Revival Of Women’s Reservation Bill

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2:28 pm 6 Mar, 2016


Making strong pitch for reviving the women’s reservation bill, President Pranab Mukherjee said, “how can there be empowerment of women without their representation in public office.”

Inaugurating the first-ever National Conference of Women Legislators in New Delhi, the president said the country has not been able to achieve more than 12 percent representation for women out of the total membership of Parliament, which is ‘a sad commentary on us’.

The office of the president tweeted:


Talking about the efforts put by the  previous UPA government to pass the women’s reservation Bill, Mukherjee said:

“Even the legislation was passed with two-thirds majority in one of the Houses of Parliament (Lok Sabha); the other House has not yet approved it.”

Recently, the government has refused to give a time frame to bring a fresh constitutional amendment bill that seeks to give 33% reservation to women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.




President Pranab Mukherjee strongly pitched for the representation of women in parliament and state assemblies. indianexpress

However, Mukherjee also appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Beti bachao, beti padhao’ programme.

He said, “The PM is giving more than an hour (to the inaugural function where he was not even scheduled to speak) without participating in it; that shows his total commitment.”

Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat tweeted:


Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, former president Pratibha Patil, union ministers Sushma Swaraj, Najma Heptullah and Maneka Gandhi, former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, Congress president Sonia Gandhi were also present at the conference.