The much-delayed Women’s Reservation Bill is expected to come into focus once again with the reconstituted Parliamentary Standing Committee having its first meeting on Monday.
The new Committee on Law and Justice headed by senior Congress member Jayanti Natarajan will scrutinise the bill that seeks to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.
Incidentally, the earlier committee headed by another senior Congress member E M Sudarsana Natchiappan has done much of the ground work on the bill.
Despite government declaring it as a “top priority” in its second term, the bill did not come up in the Budget session of Parliament.
In her address to both Houses of Parliament, President Pratibha Patil had mentioned bringing a legislation on women’s reservation in the Lok Sabha and the state assemblies.
The bill has remained stalled due to resistance from some parties which are opposed to it in its present form and want quota within quota.
The controversial bill has drawn criticism from the JD(U), the SP, the RJD and some independent members, who say the measure is intended to keep women from the OBC communities outside legislatures.