ANDHRA PRADESH

‘Mock Parliament’ passes women’s reservation bill

Special Correspondent

KADAPA: The long-awaited Women’s Reservation Bill has been passed by a ‘mock Parliament’ session held in Kadapa on Tuesday.

Girl students of various educational institutions in Kadapa, girl inmates of Aarthi Home and ICDS members conducted a ‘mock Parliament’ at Kalakshetram on the occasion of National Girls’ Day.

The speaker conducted the proceedings and members of the treasury and opposition parties sat on either side and deliberated on vital issues concerning women. Top on their agenda was the women’s reservation bill and it was passed with overwhelming majority.

Questions on maternal and infant mortality, dowry, child labour act, girls’ education, welfare of women and so on. figured in the ‘question hour’. Issues that were not listed in the agenda such as steps to punish parents who send their daughters to work, setting up of schools and colleges for orphan girls and reservation to women in employment were raised in ‘zero hour’.

The audience watching the enlivening proceedings were Kadapa Collector M.T. Krishna Babu, Kadapa Mayor P. Ravindranath Reddy, ICDS project director Ramulu, Regional Network Against Trafficking in Women coordinator Sridevi, Aarthi Home secretary Durga Kumari and member Ramanarayana Reddy and writer P. Sanjeevamma. Ms. Boniziere of the US, who attended the programme, said it was a treat to watch girls discuss their problems.

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