Centre optimistic about Women's Bill
Mar 8, 2010: Even as some political parties created ruckus in the Parliament today, the government expressed confidence over passage of Women’s Reservation Bill , saying though it did not want to 'bulldoze' those opposing it, they should understand that equality was a fundamental right.
"I would say that it is a national resolve (to give 33 per cent reservation to women in Lok Sabha and State assemblies). In all these 14 years, it has been waiting. A change has to come and this is the day the change will come," Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily told reporters.
Asked if government would demand removal of members opposed to the Bill from the House, Moily said this was a hypothetical question.
"Our idea is not to bulldoze things. In a democracy, differences of opinion will be there, dissent will be there," Moily said.
Meanwhile, Parliament today greeted members on the occasion of International Women's Day, with Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar noting that more needs to be done to end discrimination against women.
In Rajya Sabha, Chairman Hamid Ansari felicitated women for their persistent and consistent commitment to achieve equality in all spheres.