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Friday, October 06, 2006

Women's Reservation Bill

The much-delayed Women's Reservation Bill, providing 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and State Legislatures, will be introduced in winter session of Parliament.

An assurance to this effect was given by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to a delegation of Women PowerConnect (WPC), which met him in New Delhi recently, WPC President Dr Ranjana Kumari said today.

Talking to newspersons here, she said the Coordination Committee of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) had decided to accept the recommendations of the Parliament Standing Committee on Reservation for Women and introduce the Bill in the coming Winter session.

Dr Kumari said women in the country were suffering due to lack of resources in all sectors, especially in health and education.

Seventy per cent of Scheduled Caste girls were still not attending school in States like Orissa and Bihar. ''Problems of women can be effectively addressed only when budget becomes gender sensitive at the State and national level. Women deserve their share of resources from the Government,'' she added.

Mr Subramanya, in his inaugural address, said Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa had said that Gender Budget Cell would be set up in the Finance Department to suggest ways to ensure proper allocation for women in the State budget.

More than 40 representatives from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, besides Karnataka, were participating in the workshop and deliberating on domestic violence bill, women's reservation bill, gender-just budgets, sexual harassment bill and declining sex ratio vis-a-vis girl child.


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