Women's Reservation Bill cleared by Union Cabinet: Reports

Dimapur/New Delhi (MExN): A bill to ensure the reservation of 33% seats for women in the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies has been cleared by the Union Cabinet, according the reports by several news outlets late Monday evening. 

The reports were more or less confirmed by Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries and Jal Shakti, who posted on X (formerly Twitter) that, “Only the Modi government had the moral courage to fulfill the demand for women's reservation. Which was proved by the approval of the cabinet...”

According to the NDTV, the meeting had spiked interest in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment earlier today that "historic decisions" will  be taken in the special session.

The development came amid frenzied speculations within political circles since Monday morning and incessant demands from MPs across party lines, seeking passage of women's reservation bill in the Lok Sabha.

Meanwhile, reactiong to the reports, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh posted on X:  “We welcome the reported decision of the Union Cabinet and await the details of the Bill." 

The Union Government, however, was yet to announce it formally till the filling of this report. 

In May 2008, the women’s reservation bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha and was referred to a Standing Committee. It was passed in the upper house in 2010 and then sent to the Lok Sabha. However it could not be passed and lapsed with the 15th Lok Sabha, according to IANS news agency.