Seeks support for passage of WRB
Leher, the NGO reached out to the Jammu and Kashmir to seek their support for the passage of Women's Reservation Bill (WRB).
Addressing a presser here at a local hotel, the group stated that the “to raise the issue of Women's reservation Bill, and to seek support of people of the state for passage of the Bill, a programme was held at Chawalgam Rest House in Kulgam district of the state from 11 am to 2 pm.”
As per the group, MLA Kulgam M Y Tarigami, Dr Ranjana Kumari, Director Centre for Social Research, New Delhi, Archana Jha, National Programme Head (WRB), Centre for Social Research, New Delhi, Bashir Asad, Director, Lehar, and people's representatives lit the light of campaign in Jammu and Kashmir to accelerate the demand for passage of Women's Reservation Bill
Dr Ranjana Kumari. Director Centre for Social Research, New Delhi and Archana Jha, National Programme Head, WRB, Centre for Social Research, New Delhi arrived all over from New Delhi to raise this issue and to seek the support of people from the state for passage of this Bill.
“A large number of people's representatives from Kulgam participated in the event and expressed their support for the Bill,” they said.
They demanded the government to keep its promise ensured in their election manifesto and pass the bill as soon as possible. It has been more than three years and a half since the new government was formed, and yet the Bill has not been introduced in the Lok Sabha so far. The Bill has already been passed by Rajya sabha in the year 2010.
“It is right time the Bill be introduced in the Lok Sabha since the BJP has the required number of MPs to get it passed. The WRB, which is a live bill that has been passed by the Rajya Sabha, can be taken by the present government with a 2/3rd majority. The Bill ensures at least 33% seat reserved for women in Parliament (Lok Sabha) and in State Assemblies,” they said.
Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Director Centre for Social Research, New Delhi, said that Government must pass the Bill at the earliest, it is “Now or Never situation for us.”
“The women of India have been fighting for last 22 years for passage of this Bill and they are disgusted and appalled to see that despite having full majority in the Lok sabha, the government is ignoring the bill even after three and a half years of its being in power,” Kumari said, adding that the present government needs to act on it quickly to regain people's trust.
In the statement issued to KNS, the group said speaking at the Kulgam conference, Tarigami said “that Women's Reservation Bill is pending in the parliament for last 22 years. Yet, political boss the centre are swearing by woman empowerment.”
“If the PM is really concerned about the rhetoric of women empowerment, he should immediately pass the Women Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha, which was cleared by Rajya Sabha in 2010,” Tarigami was quoted.
Archana Jha, National programme Head for WRB campaign said that "Women reservation Bill is India's longest pending Bill.”
“We have been organizing programmes in all states and we are happy to say that people from all over India are supporting the Bill and demanding passage of the Bill. This has become a people's demand,” it added. (KNS)