In his address to the National Women’s Parliament in Amaravathi in Andhra Pradesh, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that the NDA government will pass the women’s reservation bill once they have a majority in Rajya Sabha.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has this in mind and the day is not is far when Parliament will pass the law providing women reservation through consensus. Once we (NDA) get majority in Rajya Sabha, we will get the Bill passed,” Naidu said in his speech.
“A mere Bill is not sufficient. What is needed is political will and administrative skill. Political parties should show conviction in this regard,” he said.
The long-pending bill provides 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state legislatures.
Noting that gender inequality was having a serious impact on economic development, Venkaiah said focus should be on gender empowerment to end inequalities.
“On a scale of 0-1 in gender inequality index, India ranked 0.54. Gender inequality is having a serious impact on economic development and it has become a pressing concern across the world. Hence, there is a global demand for women empowerment,” the Union Minister said.
The three-day National Women’s Parliament, being organised by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly with the theme of ‘Empowering Women – Strengthening Democracy’, began today in the state capital of Amaravati.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and P Ashok Gajapati Raju, AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Shirin Chaudhury, Gandhian Ela Bhatt, actress Manisha Koirala and many other dignitaries attended the inaugural event.
(With inputs from PTI)