Women’s Group Calls for Reintroduction of Bill with 50% Reservation:
The All India Coordination Committee of Progressive Organisation of Women (POW), Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan (PMS), and Istri Jagriti Manch (IJM) have called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reintroduce the Women’s Reservation Bill with an increased reservation for females, raising it from 33 percent to 50 percent.
The committee criticized the current version of the Nari Shakti Vandan Bill proposed by the BJP-led government, likening it to a mere political tool. They accused the BJP of using it for election propaganda and noted that government-owned media outlets are already promoting it as a gift to females from the Modi government.
The All India Coordination Committee urged for the immediate implementation of the bill, emphasizing its inclusion in the 2024 elections. They suggested disconnecting it from census and delimitation, as these factors are unrelated to the implementation of women’s reservations. The committee also proposed accommodating sub-quotas for OBCs, SCs, and STs within the bill.
Furthermore, the committee advocated for the bill’s applicability to seats in both the Rajya Sabha and legislative councils.