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New Delhi: In a historic development, the Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday approved the women's reservation bill, said sources. The Union Cabinet met in the evening after the first sitting of the five-day special session of Parliament. The bill is expected to be tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.
Interestingly, the bill will become the first in the first session of the new Parliament if it is tabled on Tuesday. The special session of Parliament began on Monday and will continue till Friday. The remaining four days of the session will be held in the new Parliament building
The women's reservation bill has been pending for nearly 27 years. Notably, the last concrete development on the women's reservation matter was in 2010 when Rajya Sabha passed the bill. However, the bill was lapsed as it could not be passed in the Lok Sabha
Women MPs reportedly account for less than 15 per cent strength in the Lower House
and below 10 per cent in many state assemblies. According to the Bill, one-third of the total seats reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes shall be reserved for women from those groups
Earlier in the day while addressing the media, the Prime Minister said that "historic decisions" will be taken this Parliament session. Meanwhile, during his address in the Lok Sabha on Monday, PM Modi
recalled the emotional moment of his entering the Parliament as an MP for the first time in 2014. The Prime Minister also remembered historic decisions taken in the old Parliament building over several decades, including scrapping Article 370, GST and one rank one pension bills.
"Several historic decisions and solutions to issues pending for several decades were made in this House. The House will always say proudly that (abrogation of) Article 370 became possible due to it. GST was also passed here. One Rank One Pension was witnessed by this House. 10% reservation for the Economically Weaker Section was successfully allowed in the country for the first time without any dispute," PM Modi said.
PM Modi also lauded the vision of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and subsequent leaders, including Lal Bahadur Shastri, P V Narasimha Rao and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.