Govt to take a call on women`s reservation bill after May 1

The Women`s Reservation Bill could be back on government`s radar after the passage of the Finance Bill.

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2010, 23:10 PM IST

New Delhi: The Women`s Reservation Bill
could be back on government`s radar after the passage of the
Finance Bill.

"We will take a call on the Bill after May one," a
senior Minister said.

His comment is significant as it came a day after
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the government`s
intention to bring the Bill in the Lok Sabha.

He said that the floor managers would decide on the
precise date of its introduction in the Lower House. The Bill
has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha.

The budget session of Parliament is concluding on May
7, giving government enough time for bringing the Bill in the
Lok Sabha.

The Bill, which seeks to provide 33 per cent
reservation to women in the Lok Sabha and the state
assemblies, met with strong opposition from Yadav trio --
Mulayam Singh, Lalu Prasad and Sharad -- who have been
demanding quota within quota.

The Bill has been hanging fire for more than a decade.

-PTI