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Empowering Women in Politics: India’s Women’s Reservation Bill Receives Presidential Approval

Constitutional Transformation: Women's Reservation Bill Becomes the 106th Amendment Act

NEW DELHI, Sept 29:  President Droupadi Murmu has granted her approval to the Women’s Reservation Bill, a significant legislative milestone aimed at promoting gender equality in India’s political landscape. This bill is designed to allocate 33 percent of seats in the Lok Sabha (the lower house of India’s parliament) and state assemblies to women, thus empowering them to actively participate in the decision-making processes of the nation.The official confirmation of President Murmu’s assent came through a notification issued by the Law Ministry on a Friday, indicating that the President had given her approval the day before. As a result of her assent, the bill will now be formally recognized as the “Constitution (106th Amendment) Act,” marking its place in the constitutional framework of India.

The legislation’s provision outlines that it will come into effect on a date specified by the Central Government, which will be communicated through an official notification published in the Official Gazette. This approach allows for a structured and organized implementation process, ensuring that the transition to increased women’s representation in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies proceeds smoothly and efficiently.

The Women’s Reservation Bill represents a significant step forward in the ongoing efforts to promote gender parity and inclusivity in India’s political institutions. By reserving a third of the seats for women, the legislation aims to address the historical underrepresentation of women in political leadership roles and provide them with a more prominent platform to voice their concerns, advocate for policies, and contribute to the governance of the nation.

This legislative move is in alignment with the broader global movement toward gender equality and the recognition of women’s vital roles in all aspects of society, including politics. It reflects India’s commitment to upholding the principles of democracy, social justice, and equal opportunity for all citizens, regardless of gender.

The Women’s Reservation Bill has been a subject of deliberation and discussion in India’s political landscape for many years. Its passage and approval signal a pivotal moment in the nation’s commitment to strengthening democratic representation and fostering an environment where women can actively participate in shaping the nation’s future.

As India prepares for the official implementation of this historic legislation, it is expected that this development will not only enhance women’s political participation but also serve as an inspiring example for other nations striving to achieve gender balance and equity in their governance structures. President Droupadi Murmu’s assent to the Women’s Reservation Bill reaffirms the nation’s dedication to advancing the principles of democracy and gender equality.