Modi government mulling to clear women’s reservation bill next?

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September 19, 2017

In what is being seen as an attempt to send a strong message on women empowerment just ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the central government is actively mulling the possibility of passing the Women’s Reservation Bill at the Parliament.
The bill was cleared by the Rajya Sabha in 2010 during the UPA regime. As part of a larger outreach to women, the Congress had projected it as a victory for its President and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
The Manmohan Singh government, however, could not get the Bill passed in the Lok Sabha in the face of stiff opposition from allies like Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal and even Trinamool Congress.
The Bill, however, did not lapse after the UPA government demitted office in 2014 as the legislation was introduced and cleared by the Rajya Sabha, which is a permanent house.
The Bill has been pending before Parliament since then and now sources have said that the Modi government wishes to bring it back.
It would be the second piece of high impact legislation after GST, another unfinished agenda of the UPA government.
The PM has made it clear on many platforms that womens empowerment politically and economically, is his priority. The push to ban triple talaq was seen as part of this political message. (Agencies)

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