PM Modi urges Rajya Sabha MPs to unanimously approve women's reservation bill

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress MPs Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Sonia Gandhi and other Parliamentarians during an event organised to commemorate the rich legacy of the Parliament of India at the Central Hall of the old Parliament building, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023. (PTI Photo/Arun Sharma)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday appealed to Rajya Sabha members to unanimously approve the women's reservation bill - Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam - when it comes to the Upper House after being passed by Lok Sabha.

Speaking during the first sitting of Rajya Sabha in the new Parliament building, Modi said the bill will be taken up in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

"When the bill comes before you, I urge Rajya Sabha members to approve it unanimously," Modi said.

The issue of reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies has been pending for several years.

Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal introduced the Constitutional Amendment bill, Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, to reserve one-third of the seats in Lok Sabha and state assemblies for women earlier in the day.

In his speech, Modi also said "Today (September 19, 2023) is a memorable as well as a historic day" as both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha moved to the new Parliament building.

It is not just a new Parliament building, but a symbol of a new beginning, Modi said.

The prime minister also stressed that the country needs to meet goals in a time-bound manner as the new generation is restless.

In his speech, Prime Minister Modi also highlighted the various measures taken by his government in the last nine years for women empowerment. PTI

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