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3,000 panchayat heads to be mobilised to push Women’s Reservation Bill

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 12, 2018 Published on June 08, 2017

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In the push for speedy passage for the long-stalled Women’s Reservation Bill, the Centre for Social Research (CSR) plans to galvanise support from 3,000 panchayat heads spread across 29 states.

“The process of reaching out to panchayat heads has already started in May, and more than 400 letters have been dispatched till date,” CSR said in release.

The Bill seeks to reserve 33 per cent of all seats for women in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies, and has been pending for 21 years.

"The idea is to convert the Women’s Reservation Bill into a people’s demand rather than a political one. The past 21 years of our struggle on the Bill has taught us that it tends to get lost in the corridors of power, and its actual benefits are hardly discussed or understood both by common people and decision-makers. We need to change that trend if we have to make headway on this Bill,” Ranjana Kumari, Director, CSR, said in a release.

According to recent studies, the global average of women in Parliament stands at 22.40 per cent, and India stands at a pitiable 103rd place out of 140 countries, with a mere 12 per cent representation of elected women in Parliament.

Published on June 08, 2017
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