Women’s reservation Bill passed by Parliament
The Special Session of Parliament 2023 stands as a momentous and highly productive event that immediately followed Bharat’s successful hosting of the G20 Summit in New Delhi. This remarkable session marked the inauguration of proceedings within the new Parliament Building and the renaming of the old Parliament House Building as ‘Samvidhan Sadhan’. The Session saw the historic passage of the ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam’, which will reserve one-third of seats for women in the Lok Sabha, State Legislative Assemblies, and the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
The Lok Sabha achieved a productivity of 161.5%, with zero time lost due to interruptions/forced adjournments over the four sittings that lasted for about 31 hours. While the discussion on the Parliamentary Journey of 75 Years in the Lok Sabha was initiated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the discussion on the same topic in the Rajya Sabha was initiated by its Leader of the House and Union Minister Shri Piyush Goyal. Both Houses also conducted a discussion on the Success of Chandrayaan-3 Mission and other space sector achievements.
Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Bharat has embarked on its transformative Amrit Kaal, guided by the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. An outstanding milestone in this journey is the historic introduction of the Constitution (128th Amendment) Bill, 2023, by the Modi Government. This Constitutional Amendment, the ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam’ is a testament to our commitment to ensuring a 33% reservation for women in National and State legislatures.
Both houses of parliament passed women’s reservation bill having provision of 33 percent reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies. The landmark bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 20 September with an overwhelming 454-2 majority. The Rajya Sabha cleared the landmark bill on 21st September with all the 215 members voting in favour of the proposed legislation.
On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Utsav, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi also led Members of Parliament into the New Parliament House. Prior to this momentous occasion, a Joint Session convened in the Central Hall of the Old Parliament House, paying homage to the illustrious legacy of the Indian Parliament and reaffirming our resolve to transform Bharat into a developed nation by 2047.