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Updated December 16th, 2023 at 16:11 IST

Centre to enforce women's reservation bill after 2024 census

FM shared in her speech after releasing a commemorative postal stamp in the name of Rani Abbakka.

Reported by: Business Desk
Nirmala Sitharaman
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The centre plans to initiate the women's reservation bill after the 2024 census report, stated Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. FM shared this in her speech after releasing a commemorative postal stamp in the name of Rani Abbakka at Moodbidri in Dakshina Kannada district on Friday.

The bill states that one-third of seats in the Lok Sabha, state legislative assemblies, and Delhi assembly are for women. This will also apply to the seats reserved for SCs (scheduled castes) and STs (scheduled tribes) in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures.

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While the act was passed earlier this year, the centre plans to implement it after the report of census data. Seats reserved for women will be rotated after each delimitation, as determined by a law made by Parliament. Based on the census, delimitation will be undertaken to reserve seats for women.

Sitharaman, during the commemorative ceremony, said the women’s bill became a reality as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always believed in the role of women in nation-building. Lauding the courage and heroics of Rani Abbakka, the 16th-century queen of Ullal who fought against the Portugese, Sitharaman said the Union government has taken steps to document the contributions of many unknown fighters who fought against imperial forces.
 

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Published December 16th, 2023 at 16:11 IST

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