On Board Special Aircraft: President
Pratibha Patil on Saturday said the government was coordinating with
all political parties to pave way for Women Reservation Bill,
pending for consensus in Lok Sabha for over a year.
The matter related to the bill came up for discussion
at a meeting with a group of women parliamentarians in
Mongolia, Patil told reporters on her way back to New Delhi
after completing a week-long tour of South Korea and Mongolia.
"As we are discussing, they (Mongolian women
parliamentarian) also want that there should be quota for
women in parliament. It is that we are working out (consensus
on Bill) with all the local parties which also needs to be
passed in Lok Sabha," she said.
"So they (Mongolian women parliamentarian) said, if
you could do it soon. We can ask our government too," Patil
said, indicating efforts of the government for its enactment.
The bill granting 33 per cent reservation for women in
the Lok Sabha and state assemblies was passed by the Rajya
Sabha after two days of high drama in March 2010.
Expressing happiness over the meetings with political
leaderships in Mongolia, she said, "There is a lot of good
will among the people and women of both the countries.
During the discussion it was expressed that there
should be more exchange of women delegations between the two
countries. Not only the Parliamentarians but others who are
working in social sectors or in any other areas."
"They have a population of (women) about 50.5 per
cent. We are only 48.5 per cent. So we are lagging behind in
that. About 80 per cent of women there are working in social
sectors," she pointed out while pitching for empowerment of
the fairer sex.
President was on a week-long tour of South Korea and
Mongolia from July 24. India has signed agreements on civil
nuclear cooperation with South Korea and in defense with
Mongolia during the president`s visits besides other deals.
"I invited both countries to actively involve
themselves with the rejuvenation and rebuilding of Nalanda
University as a centre of excellence in Asia. The leadership
of both countries referred to India as the spiritual home for
many of their nationals," Patil added.