Govt ready to bring women's bill in budget session
December, 23rd 2009
The government on Tuesday expressed its readiness to introduce the long-delayed women's Bill in the Lok Sabha in the budget session on the basis of a new consensus after a parliamentary standing committee endorsed the original proposals in its report without any dilution.
"After the Standing Committee on Law and Justice submitted its unanimous report we hope all the political parties will now come forward in backing the legislation," minister for parliamentary affairs P K Bansal told reporters soon after both Houses of Parliament were adjourned sine die.
Bansal said the effort of the government would be to table the Bill without any dilution in its promise of 33% reservations for women.
He admitted that because of disorder and protests by members, both Houses had lost a lot of business in the winter session. While the Lok Sabha lost 31 hours of business, the Rajya Sabha lost 13 hours due to turmoil, he said.
Bansal, however, pointed out that the Rajya Sabha recovered nearly 11 hours of lost time by sitting late and skipping lunch.
The winter session saw 21 sittings of the Lok Sabha over 30 days and 23 sittings of the Upper House in 34 days, he said. He said the government was keen to ensure more sittings of Parliament.