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Women’s Bill likely to be tabled on March 8
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Mar 6(NPN):
Published on 7 Mar. 2011 1:01 AM IST
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On March 8, which is the International Women’s day, there is considerable expectations that the UPA government at the Centre would introduce the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha seeking 33% reservation of seats in parliament and state assemblies. The bill was earlier passed in the Rajya Sabha in March 2010, 14 years after the first attempt was made in the Lok Sabha and after repeated failures.
In the Rajya Sabha, the Constitution amendment bill was adopted in the mandatory division with 186 members voting for it and one voting against.
The seats to be reserved in rotation will be determined by draw of lots in such a way that a seat shall be reserved only once in three consecutive general elections.
Once introduced in the Lok Sabha, the bill is expected to be adopted and passed through amendment in the next sitting sometime in 2012.
Once passed by the Lok Sabha the bill becomes an Act and will be ratified by the state assemblies.
In Nagaland out of 60 seats, 20 will be reserved for women during the 2013 election and subsequently 20 in the 2018 second and the remaining 20 seats in the 2023 assembly election.
That means, seats to be reserved for women will be done on rotation basis for every election. Considerable speculations are doing the rounds about the future of present candidates whose constituencies would be affected by the reservation act beginning from 2013 if the Lok Sabha adopts the amendment by 2012.
However, it remains speculative if the Act would come into effect from the 2013 assembly elections.
After three consecutive terms, the bill will cease to be in effect. The objective of the bill,which was conceptualised by Rajiv Gandhi, seeks to have more women participation in politics and society. The reservation for women is expected to create equal opportunity for men and women.
Due to female foeticide .infantacide and issues related to women’s health, sex ratio in India is alarming at 1.06 males per female. It is expected this will change the society to give equal status to women.

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