Understanding the Women’s Reservation Bill: What You Need to Know
The country has received a new Parliament building and the first bill introduced in the new Parliament House is the Women’s Reservation Bill.
Today, the country has received a new Parliament building and the first bill introduced in the new Parliament House is the Women’s Reservation Bill. The government has named it as ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Bill’. This bill was brought as soon as the proceedings started in the new Parliament House. Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal introduced this bill, and there will be a debate in the Lok Sabha on September 20.
The Women’s Reservation Bill guarantees a 33 percent reservation of seats for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. Women from the same community will benefit from the reservation on 33 percent of the seats reserved for SC-ST. The bill proposes that women’s reserved seats will be rotated after every delimitation process, which means the seats reserved for women will be changed. Delimitation is the process of re-determining Lok Sabha and Assembly seats.
According to this bill, the Women’s Reservation Act will have a time limit of 15 years, which means this reservation will end after 15 years. However, this reservation can be extended through an amendment in the Parliament. So, if this bill is passed and becomes a law, every third member of the Lok Sabha and state assemblies will be a woman. It is important to note that this bill will not be applicable in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The reason is that the bill states that women’s reservation will be implemented only after delimitation, which will occur after the general elections when the new census is conducted. Therefore, the Women’s Reservation Bill will not be implemented in this Lok Sabha election.
It is interesting to know that this bill, which gives 33 percent reservation to women, is not new. It was first introduced in 1999. Today, the entire opposition, including the Congress, is supporting this Women’s Reservation Bill brought by the Modi government.