Patna: NCP leader and Union minister of
state for Rural Development Agatha Sangma today said that her
party will make a concerted effort for passage of the women`s
reservation bill in the Lok Sabha at the earliest.
The NCP favoured passage of the women`s reservation bill
by the Lok Sabha at the earliest in order to provide political
empowerment to the fair gender, she said at the state-level
women`s conference of her party.
Sangma expressed optimism that the UPA government will
table the women`s reservation bill in the Lok Sabha in due
course of time for passage by the House with support from like
minded political parties on the issue.
On the prospect of the women`s reservation bill being
tabled in the ongoing monsoon session of the Lok Sabha, she
said that due to some pressing legislative business it could
not be done so, but the government will introduce the bill at
an opportune time and seek to ensure its passage by the House.
She justified the demand for political empowerment of
women and their due share of representation in the decision -
making process and said that the women, be it from North-East
or Bihar or any part of the country faced identical socio -
On her maiden visit to Bihar, the Union minister sought
to play down the war of words between the Congress and the NDA
government on the state`s development with Central funds and
said that both the state and Central government have
contributed towards development process.
On the NCP`s prospects in the ensuing assembly polls
in Bihar, she said her party will seek to improve its
performance even as the party was yet to decide its candidates
for the polls.