Rajya Sabha on Thursday cleared the landmark bill to reserve one-third of the seats in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies for women. The 128th Constitution Amendment Bill was approved by a two-thirds majority in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. With Rajya Sabha’s nod, the landmark bill has been passed by Parliament.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the passage of the women’s quota bill, calling it a “defining moment in our nation’s democratic journey”. He extended his gratitude to all the Rajya Sabha members who voted for the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam.
“With the passage of the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam in Parliament, we usher in an era of stronger representation and empowerment for the women of India. This is not merely a legislation; it is a tribute to the countless women who have made our nation. India has been enriched by their resilience and contributions,” PM Modi said.
Sharing pictures with women MPs after the bill was passed in Rajya Sabha, PM Modi said, “It is gladdening to see the torchbearers of change come together to celebrate the very legislation they have championed.” He added that with the passage of the bill, “India stands at the cusp of a brighter, more inclusive future with our Nari Shakti being at the core of this transformation”.
This is the first bill to be passed in the new Parliament building. Both Houses of Parliament adjourned on Thursday, bringing a close to the special session.