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CPI(M) demands immediate passage of women reservation bill

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The CPI(M) today targeted Prime Minister Modi for promising 33 per cent quota for women in elected bodies in the run up to the 2014 general and demanded its immediate passage.

The Monsoon session of is set to begin tomorrow and is likely to continue till August 11.

"Before the elections, the Prime Minister had promised the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill. Now the should ensure its passage," CPI(M) General Secretary said.

The Women's Reservation Bill or the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, 2008, had sought to reserve one-third of all seats in the and legislative assemblies for women.

The had passed the bill in March 2010. But it could not be cleared by the and it subsequently lapsed.

Similar bills were introduced thrice in the late 1990s but lapsed with the dissolution of their respective Lok Sabhas.

A Joint Parliamentary Committee chaired by leader Geeta Mukherjee had examined the 1996 bill and made seven recommendations, five of which were included in the bill tabled in the in 2008.

Introduced by the UPA-I in May 2008, the bill had also proposed that one third of the total seats reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes shall be reserved for women belonging to those communities.

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First Published: Sun, July 16 2017. 15:32 IST