AIDWA WELCOMES CABINET DECISION TO INCREASE RESERVATION FOR WOMEN IN LOCAL SELF GOVERNMENT
27 August 2009
AIDWA welcomes the Cabinet decision to increase reservation for women in panchayats and urban local bodies to fifty percent.
This will facilitate women’s increased participation in decision-making. However, to further strengthen the democratic process and enhance women’s involvement in the highest decision making bodies, this measure has to be followed up with passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill, which has been pending before Parliament. We may put on record that a promise to this effect was made in the Presidential Address to the Joint session of Parliament earlier this year.
We hope that the next logical step of introducing this important legislation will also be taken up without any further delay.