AIDWA

Memo on WRBill to Laloo Prasad Yadav May 2006

20 May 2006 

PRESS RELEASE

WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS SUBMIT MEMORANDUM ON WOMEN’S RESERVATION BILL TO SHRI LALOO PRASAD YADAV

A delegation comprising of leading  women’s organizations  namely AIDWA, AIWC, CWDS, FORCES, Guild of Services, JWP, Muslim Women’s Forum, NFIW, SAMA, and YWCA met the Railway Minister Shri Laloo Prasad Yadav on the 20th of May 2006. They submitted a memorandum requesting him to proactively intervene so that the Women’s Reservation Bill is placed and passed in Parliament. The Minister received the delegation warmly. He assured that he was a proponent of women’s advancement in all spheres, and would never play an obstructive role. The fact was that while the opposition to the Bill came from many quarters, they alone had been painted as the villains, which was not correct. He assured the delegation that if the Prime Minister called for a meeting on this issue, he would certainly participate, and contribute such that the Bill could be taken up in the next session of Parliament.

The following is the full text of the memorandum.

 

20.5.2006

To:
The Hon’ble Railway Minister
Government of India
New Delhi.

Dear Shri Laloo Prasadji,

It is now two years since the UPA Government came to power, and the women of this country feel deeply betrayed that the Women’s Reservation Bill has not yet been passed. It is very important that the assurance made in the Common Minimum Programme is honoured; the women of this country have been made to wait long enough for this legislation. Forcing them to wait any longer is doing them a very grave injustice, and this cannot be condoned any further.

As you are aware, elections to 5 State Assemblies have just been held. Had the Bill been passed, 274 elected women would have taken their places as legislators. Next year, the most populous State of Uttar Pradesh will go to the polls and it will be a great pity if women there are also denied representation.

We feel that the issue of reservation within reservation has to be addressed in a holistic manner applying to both men and women; it should not become a reason for withholding this Bill which is already much delayed.  The experience of women’s reservation at the panchayat level has shown that a sizeable section of the elected women are from the hitherto deprived castes and classes.  Hence this is an opportunity that must be given at the state and national level also.

On behalf of the national women’s organizations that we represent, and on behalf of millions of Indian women and men, we urge upon you not to delay the matter any further. More than enough time has been wasted on discussing various permutations and combinations, many of which are unrealistic and contentious. We now feel that the original Bill which is itself the outcome of discussion and consensus should be placed before the House immediately. It can be thoroughly debated and discussed, amendments can be moved, and then a vote can be taken. This is the only way out.

Hence we request you to support the tabling of the Bill in the forthcoming session of Parliament and make women’s participation in the decision making bodies a reality,

 With Greetings,

Sudha Sundararaman  (AIDWA), Aparna Basu (AIWC),Vasanti (CWDS), Bulu Sarin (FORCES), Mohini Giri (Guild Of Service), Jyotsna Chatterjee (JWP), Ashalata (JMS), Azra Abidi (Muslim Women’s Forum), Annie Raja (NFIW) Sarojini (SAMA), Sunita Das(YWCA)

I request you to carry the following news item in your publication.

With greetings
Ms. Sudha Sundarraman(AIDWA) General Secretary

Press Release 20.5.06                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

A delegation comprising of leading  women’s organizations  namely AIDWA, AIWC, CWDS, FORCES, Guild of Services, JWP, Muslim Women’s Forum, NFIW, SAMA, and YWCA met the Railway Minister Shri Laloo Prasad Yadav today and submitted a memorandum requesting him to proactively intervene so that the 33%Women’s Reservation Bill is placed and passed in Parliament. The Minister received the delegation warmly. He assured that he was a proponent of women’s advancement in all spheres, and would never play an obstructive role. The fact was that the opposition to the Bill came from many quarters, however they alone had been painted as the villains, which was not correct. He assured the delegation  that if the Prime Minister called for a meeting on this issue, he would certainly participate, and contribute such that the Bill could be taken up in the next session of Parliament.

The Hon’ble Railway Minister
Government of India
New Delhi.

20.5.2006
Dear Shri Laloo Prasadji,

It is now 2 years since the UPA Government came to power, and the women of this country feel deeply betrayed that the Women’s Reservation Bill has not yet been passed. It is very important that the assurance made in the CMP is honoured; the women of this country have been made to wait long enough for this legislation. Forcing them to wait any longer is doing them a very grave injustice, and this cannot be condoned any further.

As you are aware, elections to 5 State Assemblies have just been held. Had the Bill been passed, 274 elected women would have taken their places as legislators. Next year, the most populous State of Uttar Pradesh will go to the polls and it will be a great pity if women there are also denied representation.

We feel that the issue of reservation within reservation has to be addressed in a holistic manner applying to both men and women; it should not become a reason for withholding this Bill which is already much delayed.  The experience of women’s reservation at the panchayat level has shown that a sizeable section of the elected women are from the hitherto deprived castes and classes.  Hence this is an opportunity that must be given at the state and national level also.

On behalf of the national women’s organizations that we represent and on behalf of millions of Indian women and men, we urge upon you not to delay the matter any further. More than enough time has been wasted on discussing various permutations and combinations, many of which are unrealistic and contentious. We now feel that the original Bill which is itself the outcome of discussion and consensus should be placed before the House immediately. It can be thoroughly debated and discussed, amendments can be moved, and then a vote can be taken. This is the only way out.

Hence we request you to support the tabling of the Bill in the forthcoming session of Parliament and make women’s participation in the decision making bodies a reality,

 With Greetings,

 

Ms Vasanti (CWDS)

Ms Annie Raja(NFIW)

Ms Mohini Giri (Guild Of Service)

Ms Sudha Sundararaman  (AIDWA)

Ms Jyotsna Chatterjee (JWP)

Ms Bulu Sarin (FORCES)

Ms Aparna Basu (AIWC)

Ms Sunita Das(YWCA)

Ms Sarojini (SAMA)

Ms Ashalata(JMS)

Ms Azra Abidi (Muslim Women’s Forum)

Ms MSAshalata (JMS)                                     

 

 

 

 

 

The Hon’ble Railway Minister
Government of India
New Delhi.

20.5.2006
Dear Shri Laloo Prasadji,

It is now 2 years since the UPA Government came to power, and the women of this country feel deeply betrayed that the Women’s Reservation Bill has not yet been passed. It is very important that the assurance made in the CMP is honoured; the women of this country have been made to wait long enough for this legislation. Forcing them to wait any longer is doing them a very grave injustice, and this cannot be condoned any further.

As you are aware, elections to 5 State Assemblies have just been held. Had the Bill been passed, 274 elected women would have taken their places as legislators. Next year, the most populous State of Uttar Pradesh will go to the polls and it will be a great pity if women there are also denied representation.

We feel that the issue of reservation within reservation has to be addressed in a holistic manner applying to both men and women; it should not become a reason for withholding this Bill which is already much delayed.  The experience of women’s reservation at the panchayat level has shown that a sizeable section of the elected women are from the hitherto deprived castes and classes.  Hence this is an opportunity that must be given at the state and national level also.

On behalf of the national women’s organizations that we represent and on behalf of millions of Indian women and men, we urge upon you not to delay the matter any further. More than enough time has been wasted on discussing various permutations and combinations, many of which are unrealistic and contentious. We now feel that the original Bill which is itself the outcome of discussion and consensus should be placed before the House immediately. It can be thoroughly debated and discussed, amendments can be moved, and then a vote can be taken. This is the only way out.

Hence we request you to support the tabling of the Bill in the forthcoming session of Parliament and make women’s participation in the decision making bodies a reality,

 With Greetings,

 

Ms Vasanti (CWDS)

Ms Annie Raja(NFIW)

Ms Mohini Giri (Guild Of Service)

Ms Sudha Sundararaman  (AIDWA)

Ms Jyotsna Chatterjee (JWP)

Ms Bulu Sarin (FORCES)

Ms Aparna Basu (AIWC)

Ms Sunita Das(YWCA)

Ms Sarojini (SAMA)

Ms Azra Abidi (Muslim Women’s Forum)

Ms Ashalata (JMS)                                                       MsGargi Chakravorty(NFIW)

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